Phil's Comfort Zone

Phil Brainard, owner of Phil’s Comfort Zone, installs a central air conditioning unit outside a Council Bluffs home on April 11.

Two Council Bluffs residents were the winners of Phil’s Comfort Zone oldest air conditioning contest this year.

The competition began at the Southwest Iowa Home Show and ran until the end of May. For anyone who orders an estimate or new air conditioner during that time frame, they are eligible to participate in the contest.

Whoever has the oldest air conditioner receives $1,000 towards the purchase of a new air conditioner.

This year, Dan Seller, and John and Stephanie Price won the contest, splitting the $1,000 prize, said Phil Brainard, owner of Phil’s Comfort Zone.

Both Seller’s and the Prices air conditioners were found to be manufactured in May 1981.

However, that hasn’t been the oldest air conditioning unit Brainard has come across in the nine years he’s owned the business.

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“I’ve seen some from the ’60s and one from the ’50s. Having the units maintained and a little bit of luck helps them last longer,” he said.

Brainard said it’s not common to see older air conditioners in the North Broadway, Elmwood, Midlands and Zenith neighborhoods, since most of those homes were built in the ’50s and ’60s.

“Most of the time, their units aren’t working when we come out,” he said. “Both of the air conditioners have been serviced and limping over the years. In the past there’s usually a landslide — 10 or 15 years older than the rest — but this year they tied,” he said.

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