One Dumfries, VA woman will be breathing much easier, thanks to Project Mend-A-House (PMAH) and Pride Air Conditioning & Heating. The two organizations partnered to provide a new HVAC unit for Ms. Anderson, who battles multiple health issues including epilepsy, fibromyalgia, diabetes, depression and sleep apnea.
After her husband passed in 2000, she has been unable to keep up with the demands of home maintenance. With her health issues, little things turned into major repairs, and in an effort to remain safely and independently in her own home, she sought the help of Project Mend-A-House in 2014.
PMH has made her house more livable over time, but issues remained. The largest: a broken heat pump, which left her without cool air in the summer and very little heat in the winter, exacerbating her conditions.
Enter Manassas-based Pride, which performed the installation of a new unit free of charge, and is covering its work with a one-year labor warranty.
“We are so fortunate to have community and corporate partners like Pride Air Conditioning. Without their support, clients like Ms. Anderson would not receive the help they need, as a repair like this is typically outside PMAH’s budget,” said Jennifer Schock-Bolles, Executive Director of Project Mend-A-House.
Ms. Anderson said she is grateful for the community support that is enabling her to stay in her home this winter. Pride AC & Heating owner Fred McCollum also expressed gratitude:
“We’re grateful to Project Mend-A-House for enabling us to give back to the community in this way,” said McCollum. “Being able to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and to enjoy good indoor air quality, everybody should have that. Having a properly functioning HVAC system goes beyond comfort, it plays a big role in your health, too.”
McCollum added that his technicians, DJ Taylor, Jose Sanchez and Jason Brantley, installed a Goodman heating and air conditioning system covered by a 10-year manufacture warranty that should keep Ms. Anderson comfortable for years to come.