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
Alaska: 1-877-325-2508 (Anchorage 907-330-8300)
California: 916- 443-2800
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
Rhode Island: 401-574-9100
South Carolina: 803-734-0662
South Dakota: 1-800-233-8503
West Virginia: 1-800-642-8589
So as you can see, free air conditioners for seniors is possible no matter where you live.