Free air conditioners for seniors are something that most people don’t realize is needed until they or those they love are in the dead of summer and the temperature starts to become really unbearable and in some cases life threatening.

Heat related illnesses are one of the leading causes for hospitalization and even death in the summer months for the elderly who live in warmer climates. Those heat related illnesses could include: severe dehydration and heat stroke.

Luckily there are state resources that a senior can use to get a free air conditioner or even repair the broken air conditioner you already have.

The first place to start when inquiring about a no cost air conditioner for seniors or for low income families is through your state agency. Typically, you will need to fulfill certain requirements that may go above and beyond age.

For example, even being a senior in places like New York state, is not enough to receive a free air cooling unit, you must also meet income guidelines as well. And for some programs, like New York state, you can’t have received a free air conditioning unit in the last 10 years.

Most states also have initiatives that can help weatherize a senior’s living space as well. So in the winter, it’s just as important as having a good heating unit or furnace as it is having decent insulation, so that the warm air stays in the home and the cold air stays out.

The same for the hottest summer months as well. It’s important to have a working reliable air conditioner, but it’s also important that your home stays cooler longer. So when seeking a free air conditioner, also inquire about weatherization programs to keep your home cooler longer and also cut down or reduce your energy bills.

So where do you start?

Well below I’ve listed every state and their associated telephone numbers to not only inquire about free air conditioning units for seniors, but also about weatherization programs and free heaters as well.

There is a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which provides seniors and poor people, including families with free air conditioning units as well. Refer to the list below to contact your state agency.

LIHEAP State Offices:  Free Air Conditioners for Low Income and Seniors

Alabama: 334-353-0272

Arizona: 602-604-0640

Alaska: 1-877-325-2508 (Anchorage 907-330-8300)

Arkansas: 501-321-2811

California:  916- 443-2800

Colorado: 1-866-432-8435

Connecticut: 1-800-842-1132  

Delaware:  1-800-464-4357

Georgia: 1-800-869-1150 

Hawaii: 1-808-586-5740

Idaho: 208-442-9991

Illinois:  1-877-411-9276

Indiana: 1-800-872-0371

Iowa: 515-281-3861

Kansas:  1-800-432-0043

Kentucky: 1-800-456-3452

Louisiana: 888-454-2001

Maine: 1-800-452-4668 

Maryland: 1-800-352-1446

Massachusetts: 1-800-632-8175 

Michigan: 1-800-292-5650 

Minnesota: 1-800-657-3710

Mississippi: 1-800-421-076

Missouri: 573-751-6789

Montana: 1-800-332-2272

Nebraska:  1-800-430-3244

Nevada:  702-486-1404 Reno Area and Carson City: 775-684-0730

New Hampshire:  (603) 271-2155

New Jersey: 1-800-510-3102

New Mexico: 1-800-283-4465

New York: 1-800-342-3009 

North Carolina: 1-800-662-7030 (Care Line)                        

North Dakota: 1-800-755-2716

Ohio: 1-800-282-0880

Oklahoma: 1-866-411-1877

Oregon: 1-800-453-5511

Pennsylvania: 1-866-857-7095

Rhode Island: 401-574-9100

South Carolina: 803-734-0662

South Dakota: 1-800-233-8503      

Tennessee: 615-313-4766

Texas: 1-877-399-8939 

Utah: 1-877-488-3233

Vermont: 800-479-6151

Virginia: 1-800-230-6977

West Virginia: 1-800-642-8589 

Wisconsin: 1-866-432-8947

Wyoming: 1-800-246-4221 

So as you can see, free air conditioners for seniors is possible no matter where you live.