Founded at the turn of the last century, Stanley Ruth is one of the oldest family-run businesses in the United States. What started as a modest clock-repair shop in Queens in the 1890s has blossomed into New York’s premier heating and air conditioning company.
In our hundred-plus years of operation, we’ve specialized in clock, TV and radio repair and electrical contracting before finding our niche with thru-the-wall HVAC systems. The one constant has been our commitment to providing white glove service, ensuring you remain comfortable and at ease in your home.
Take a look at how we got here:
With the advent of television, Stanley Ruth branches incorporate TV sales and repair into the business. It’s not long before we outgrow our space on Madison Avenue for an office on First Avenue.
Stanley Ruth begins to dabble in the burgeoning air condition industry.
Hospitals discover that centralized air conditioning systems circulate germs and viruses throughout their buildings. There is a need to replace these systems with a self-contained unit in each room. Stanley Ruth converts the first of what will be over 40 hospitals from centralized air to individual thru-the-wall HVAC units.
Hotels jump on the thru-the-wall HVAC bandwagon after they discover untold amounts of money are being wasted with their central air, cooling rooms that could go months without a guest. Stanley Ruth provided an option that was cheaper and afforded more control. We would outfit over 50 hotels with thru-the-wall HVAC systems. The fruits of our labor can still be seen on hotel exteriors today.
As Stanley Ruth starts to focus exclusively on HVAC systems, a larger warehouse is needed to accommodate our growing needs. We make yet another company move from First Avenue to 121st Street in Harlem.