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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some Albany public housing tenants are getting central air conditioning installed for the first time. Until the 1990's, The federal government considered air conditioning a luxury and wouldn't pay for it in public housing.
Once the rule changed, it was too expensive to retro-fit the homes. Now, That work is being done at Thronateeska Homes on Society Avenue which was the first public housing built in Albany back in 1942.
The last A/C units were installed Friday. More energy efficient windows are also being installed. It costs around four thousand dollars per unit. While tenants like the cool air, there's an adjustment period.
Director Dan McCarthy said, "Some of them are having challenges getting used to it. One, they never used a central air thermostat before, so we've had to do some education there about how do we use it, what your expectations should be of the air conditioning and then they also have to get used to the fact that if you're cooling your whole house all of the time, you're utility bill is going up and these tenants have to pay their own utility bills so they are going to have to be very judicious about how much they use the A/C."
There are several other complexes that lack central air. The Housing Authority is seeking additional stimulus money to pay for some of the project.
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