Our Members, In Their Own Words

Lowe Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.

History: My great-grandfather Ferdinand started in the plumbing business in 1912. In 1932 my great-grandfather and my grandfather Ken Sr. formed F. Lowe & Son. My father Ken Jr. joined the company in 1954 after serving four years in the US Navy.

Around 1963 my grandfather retired and my father took over the company and incorporated F. Lowe & Son. I (Jeff) starting helping my father during the summers when I was in Jr. High. After I (Jeff) graduated from Kingston High School, I attended a new one year full time course offered at Ulster County Community College called “Service Technician”. This one year course was started to give the students basic training in air conditioning, oil heating and appliance repair along with basic electric. The course included class/lab work and half day on the job training. My first on the job training assignment was for a company named Service Technician’s. They were located on Neighborhood Road in Lake Katrine and did appliance repair and residential heating and air conditioning repair. My second on the job training assignment was at Benedictine Hospital. I helped their own staff hvac mechanics troubleshoot and repair the various hvac systems in the hospital. When I graduated from Ulster County Community College in May of 1974, I went right to work for my father. I passed my master plumbers test for my license in March of 1979. In 1980 my father turned the business over to me and kept working part time for another 15 years. In 1987 I formed a new corporation and named it Jeff Lowe Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. We have grown from one employee (me) in 1987 to 29 employees today. In December of 2012 my wife and I purchased a small plumbing, heating and air conditioning company  Plass The Plumber Inc. located in the City of Poughkeepsie. Plass The Plumber was established in 1898 by Gordon Plass, was passed down through three generations and sold to an employee 30 years ago.

Although different in size both companies do the same kind of work, residential and commercial service/repair and replacement. The purchase of Plass the Plumber has helped Lowe Plumbing get its foot in the door in the southern part of Dutchess County so to speak. The two companies are operated independently, but we are able to share employees and their certain areas of expertise with each other depending on work load and specific job requirements.

Both companies offer 24 hour service for those emergencies that arise.

Plumbing: We do minor repairs of faucets, toilets, piping. Repair and install water pumps for private wells, install and repair water softeners, Ultra Violet lights, sulfur and iron and chlorine removal systems. We can clean any drain line from 1 ¼” to 8” in size. We also can do video pipe inspections and have a high pressure water jetter to clean drain and waste lines of grease build up. We sell and install garbage disposals, all types of toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, faucets and steam bath units. We can repair and replace exterior water and sewer services into homes and commercial buildings. We stock gas and electric water heaters from 2.5 gallon to 50 gallon. So we can respond quickly for a no hot water call.

Heating and Air Conditioning: We service, repair and replace boilers , furnaces, heat pumps, central air conditioning systems, ductless heat pump and air conditioning systems as well as geo thermal systems and radiant systems.

We have our own duct shop where we fabricate custom duct work for heating, a/c and ventilation systems. We sell and install central humidifiers and high efficiency air filters. We are a factory authorized Bryant dealer, which is a sister company to Carrier. But we sell, install and repair many different manufacturers equipment, such as Trane, Lennox, Triangle Tube, Peerless, Burnham, Weil McLain, Fujitsu, Daikin and Mitsubshi.

I am a firm believer in continuing education. We average over 40 hours per year in training per employee to keep up with new technology in our field.

We offer a two year residential warranty on our workmanship and any materials we sell and we stand behind the manufacturers warranties. We have many long term employees; some have been here over 25 years.

Today the next generation (5th) my son and son-in-law are working in the company and hopefully will continue to run the company for many years to come.

Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Being Dropped

Hudson River Technologies  wants to inform our you that as of April 8, 2014 support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in all of their versions will no longer be supported by Microsoft.  What does this mean for you?  It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your computer to potential risks, such as:

Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.

Lack of Software Vendor & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report suggests “many software vendors are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP, and it may stifle access to hardware innovation.  The report further notes that, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.

Plan to replace all of your Windows XP computers.  If you are in a medical environment, this will help you to stay secure, HIPPA compliant and compliant with many of your software vendors.  Many of you might have a large quantity of XP computers to replace, so give us a call at HRT  and we can talk about what options are best for you.  There are Leasing options available as well.


Hudson River Technologies

60 Maiden Ln.

Kingston, NY 12401


Dealing with chlorine in your water

Many of you live outside areas that are serviced by municipal water supplies. You are familiar with hard water, and water that has iron, sulphur and high or low PH. If you don’t have any bacteria in your water, your well water is probably the safest to drink.

Just about all municipal water systems add chlorine to your drinking water to disinfect the water before it gets to your tap. The closer you are to the treatment plant, the higher the chlorine level in your water. You see the treatment plant needs to add enough chlorine to the water to make sure it gets to the farthest ends of the water system.

Chlorine is probably the most taken for granted chemical we use in our lives today. Exposure through inhalation can cause eye irritation, skin and airway irritation, sore throat, cough, corrosive tissue damage of the gastrointestinal tract. Children are at increase risks.

Evidence is mounting so rapidly that scientists no longer question whether chlorine causes cancer, but how great the threat is “except for smoking”, we haven’t identified anything else that accounts for potentially as much cancer as drinking water and chlorine.
Many people think that bottled water is the answer. Bottled water is usually tap water that sometimes is filtered and treated and sometimes not depending on the guidelines of the state laws where the plant is located.

2.5 million Plastic bottles are thrown away every hour in the US,filling our landfills. Many plastic bottles contain the chemical bisphenol A, also known as BPAwhich can leach from the bottle into the water. And bottled water is expensive.

The only way to remove the chlorine from your water as well as other chemicals such asVOC {Volatile Organic Compounds”, pesticides, herbicides, arsenic, Trihalomethanes and others is with carbon. Carbon is widely recognized as one of the best filter medias available. There are different types of carbon, including wood,peat, coal, palm shell and coconut shell. Most carbon filter manufacturers use Coconut shell carbon because of its incredible absorption capability. Just one cup has the absorption power to cover an entire football field of water.

Carbon filters don’t waste water like a water softner does (no back wash) the average water softner wastes about 70 gallons per backwash. Depending on the size of the carbon filter, you usually don’t need to replace the carbon media for two to five years.

Jeff Lowe