History of American Home Water And Air
Raised in Upstate New York, Tom Knapp followed in his parents’ footsteps and began working as a union electrician at the local Westinghouse Facility where he remained until the plant closed in 1977. After being accepted into the MBA program at the University of Arizona, he and his wife packed up and moved from New York to Tucson, Arizona.
Tom Atkinson was invited to visit his lifelong friend Tom Knapp in Arizona which led to the two men opening their own solar energy company in Phoenix, Arizona. The solar water heating business, in turn, led Tom and his partner to the water softening and filtration industry.
Tom began installing water softeners in 1980 just around the time that reverse osmosis technology was becoming a practical addition to many homes. Because the water in Arizona was getting worse, it was definitely the right industry. As people moved to Arizona they were absolutely shocked at how destructive the water was on plumbing fixtures, which further demonstrated to Tom the importance of his specialization in water filtration installation.
“If you want a two-hour water demo and a hard sell then we’re not the company for you. We don’t believe that you need a salesman, but we do believe you need someone knowledgeable to help you through the process. Getting a good water conditioning system is crucial to a healthy life and nothing gives me as much satisfaction as helping people make the right water conditioning decision.”
We believe in helping people we care about to make wise decisions.
Over the past thirty years, Toms’ company has literally installed over 1,000 Kinnetico (locally Maricopa Water) and Culligan units as well as proudly installing over 50,000 residential systems.
Central to American Home Water and Air is great pride in serving the community. This characteristic came about during the small-town days of its co-founders and has carried through to the company’s lengthy presence in the large Phoenix metro area.