Mercer County, PA, is offering free air conditioners to qualifying senior citizens and to people with disabilities, through its Medi-Cool program.
“Medi-Cool allows us to provide many people of need in our community with an air conditioner so they can live comfortably,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced.
According to a May 10 Lawrencevilleandnbsp;Patchandnbsp;article, Mercer County residents aged 60 and older will be able to qualify for a free air conditioner if they have a documented health condition and meet the Medi-Cool program’s income eligibility requirements. Once approved, they will receive a voucher for a free 5,000 BTU air conditioner.
Additionally, county residents 18 and older who have a disability may also qualify for a free air conditioning unit.
With the start of summer just around the corner, Hughes encouraged older people and people with disabilities to find out if they qualify for Medi-Cool, one of the county’s most popular programs.
And when these air conditioners are properly cared for and maintained, they can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years — keeping Mercer County residents cool for many summers to come.
Mercer County’s Medi-Cool program is facilitated by Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Trenton, and program partner Rise, a Hightstown-based nonprofit social service organization, NJ.com reports. The program receives its funding through the county’s Department of Human Services, Office on Aging.
In order to qualify for a free air conditioner, applicants are required to submit proof of residency, proof of income, proof of assets, and documentation from their primary care physician that lists any medical illness or condition that would benefit from having an air conditioner.
During the hottest days of the year, no one should have to live in discomfort and face the potential health risks that come with high temperatures. This is where Medi-Cool comes in to help.
If you want to avoid getting caught in a heatwave without any air, here are the steps to keep your air conditioner at peak performance. There are tons of benefits of air conditioning maintenance, including keeping you cool all summer long.
Central air conditioning system maintenance starts with shutting down the unit. Then take your time cleaning out all the vents, the interior fan, and cleaning any filters. Next, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t any damage to the fins or outside parts. You can fix any bent or damaged parts with a special straightening tool or, simply, a butter knife. Then check all the levels of coolant and make sure there’s no damage to any piping. Finally make sure it’s level, as it may shift in time.
For a window unit, check the filter regularly, at least monthly in hot months, and wash it in warm, soapy, water and clean off the crud. The most important part of air conditioning filters maintenance is keeping them clean and undamaged. You’ll need to check the fins on the outside to make sure they are clean, undamaged, and unclogged. Clean the interior of the unit next, and make sure the coils are cleaned. Then make sure to bend any damaged fins back into place with either a fin comb or a butter knife. Then you’ll want to wash the fins and the pan. Make sure to store your air conditioner in the off months to prevent damage, and animal and insect infestations.
If you own a business, make sure you keep up to date on your commercial air conditioning unit maintenance or you could risk days or weeks without air. Keep an air conditioning system maintenance schedule to make sure everything stays clean and up to date.
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