Cynically, perhaps, we suspected that taking part in the city's low-interest loan program to help Austinites get central heat and air conditioning in their homes would be a pain in the butt. What did we know? It turns out that getting an AC loan from the city is not only easy, but it also helps ensure that homeowners taking part in the program get good equipment installed right. City requirements mean that homeowners taking the loan must weatherize their homes for maximum energy efficiency when they have their central heat and air systems installed; it also requires that registered contractors play by the rules and don't overcharge unsuspecting customers for their work and equipment. And payments can usually be less than $100 with no down payment. Is there anything better than stepping out of 100-degree heat into your own cool living room? Not likely.
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