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Ms. Irma had lived for a very long time in her Compton, California home without central air conditioning. When it got too hot in the summer, she cranked up a window unit in her kitchen and spent a lot of time at the table trying to stay cool.
Then she called Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) to take part in their program to help existing homeowners make essential upgrades and improvements so she could continue to live in her home as she aged.
“The volunteers came to my house and helped us do so many things we needed to do to keep my home in good shape,” she said. “They were so very kind and provided help that has made my home so much nicer.”
The program is part of the expanding portfolio of services provided by Habitat LA and many other affiliates nationwide.
“Because housing and land can be so expensive here in Los Angeles, we’ve been finding new ways to serve our community and keep our volunteers engaged outside of simply building new construction homes as many know us for,” said Jo-An Turman, Vice President at Habitat for Humanity Greater of Los Angeles. “This program provides critical needs to help our aging in-place community stay in the homes where they feel most comfortable.”
Carrier, as part of its donation of more than 500 ductless heat pump systems to Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide, installed a new home comfort system in Ms. Irma’s home this summer. It’s provided her comfort and convenience and a newfound sense of relief.
“It got so hot in the summer we could barely stand to leave the kitchen,” she said. “Now my kitchen and living room are so nice I can move around the house and sit with my friends without sweating all day.”
Carrier worked with Habitat affiliates from coast to coast -- from Florida to New England, California to Indiana – over the summer to install several of the donated systems in existing homes much like Ms. Irma’s. This project provided home comfort to many homeowners who had never lived with central air conditioning.
In Los Angeles, Kahn Air installed four systems across the city during two days over the summer. Owner David Kahn has worked on Habitat homes for many years with Carrier.
“This is always a great opportunity for us to get involved in our community and to support Carrier as they help so many Habitat families enjoy the comfort of air conditioning,” he said.
Meredith Emmerich, managing director, Carrier, Ductless and VRF, led this project at Carrier and said it was part of the brand’s strategic initiative to support the communities where Carrier does business.
“This is part of our plan to ensure we’re sharing our expertise and passion for home comfort with families who’ve worked so hard to achieve a decent place to live,” said Emmerich. “To see the impact it has had on people like Ms. Irma and others is a wonderful reminder of how important home comfort is to people and how our products and services can make people feel more comfortable at home.”
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This summer, homeowners across the United States will beat the heat with the help of Carrier Ductless home comfort systems and Habitat for Humanity. Carrier has donated more than 500 systems to Habitat which will be installed in homes from Los Angeles to Hartford, CT and from Atlanta to South Bend, IN and Philadelphia. Carrier has been working with local Habitat organizations, distributors and Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers to install the donated systems.
There are many ways you can help families obtain affordable housing. Find a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to donate or volunteer today!