Overworked or inefficient air conditioners across Los Angeles in need of an upgrade just got a major boost from the city.
Carolina Aceves is perhaps the perfect example of why this is so important.
Her son has heart disease, she told NBC4, and the heat makes it even harder. They live in an apartment complex in Pacoima and she says it can heat up to 110 degrees inside, like an oven.
“It’s not just about quality of life,” said Cynthia McClain, commissioner of LADWP. “It’s literally life or death.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced a new program called “Cool LA” on Friday. The focus is on low-income and seniors, with the goal of providing equitable heat relief to those who might otherwise suffer more during Southern California’s growing heat wave season.
“The biggest killer of climate change is heat – killing more than floods and fires combined,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The program helps residents afford efficient air conditioning units with discounts offered to offset the cost.
“With air conditioners, we’re offering a $225 discount, which means units that cost you $400 now might only cost $175,” Mayor Garcetti said.
Using DWP’s new “Cool LA” website, all customers can adjust their billing to average their costs throughout the year instead of paying more during the warmer months.
For Aceves, she says she’s grateful for this upcoming heat wave, she’ll be able to stay home and that and with her new unit installed and ready, too.