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Heat up Minnesota helping people stay warm this winter

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Lennox Industries is teaming together with the businesses that sell their products to give away 100 free furnaces throughout Minnesota. VIS Plumbing and Heating in Lanesboro and Harmony is part of that giveaway.

Mike Willford, son of owner John Willford, explained the dealerships are donating the materials to install the furnaces, and the installers are donating their time to put them in.

“They are looking for somebody less fortunate, someone who has had a bad break, a military family, something that will pick them up and put them on the right track,” said Willford.

This is the first year of the Heat up Minnesota program. According to Willford, the program was started in Wisconsin, where it was very successful.

VIS Plumbing and Heating services heating and air conditioning in homes throughout Fillmore and Houston counties. Willford said they would be putting one furnace in Fillmore County for sure.

“The entry fees are due by September 15, and then on Heat up Minnesota day, all of the furnaces will be installed on October 6,” said Willford.

“I talked to Lennox, and as of right now, there are 160 people that have entered in Minnesota,” said Willford.

The new furnace is a really good deal for someone who needs proper and efficient heating this winter. The cost of the furnace depends on the size and the efficiency, but the more efficient furnaces will also decrease energy bills, as the cold Minnesota winters can also be a financial burden on homeowners.

To nominate someone you feel is deserving of a new furnace for his or her home, go to and fill out an entry form. A committee from Lennox will be going over the entries and picking 100 deserving people.

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