West Chester (Julio 25, 2023) – With extremely high temperatures impacting communities across Chester County and Pennsylvania, assistance is now available for the installation, repair, or replacement of air conditioning units for lower-income households thanks to the LIHEAP Cooling Pilot Program.

“Extreme heat is incredibly dangerous to our most vulnerable neighbors, and it is important that our residents have the necessary equipment to keep their homes safe and cool throughout the summer,” said state Senator Carolyn Comitta. “I encourage all eligible residents to apply for this program and continue to take precautions such as keeping hydrated, taking cool showers, and limiting outdoor activities to prevent heat-related illnesses.”

Eligible residents must have received a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant or weatherization assistance within the last 12 months.

Affiliated weatherization providers will supply eligible participants with free cooling equipment installation or repair – including Energy Star window air conditioner units, fans, or even the repair or replacement of heat pumps or central air conditioning systems.

Chester County residents who are interested in applying should contact Community Action Agency of Delaware County at (610) 521-8770. The application window is open now through Agosto 31st.

This is the second year that Pennsylvania has designated some of its federal utility assistance money to help support home cooling needs. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, more than 2,000 households received cooling assistance last summer.