MILWAUKEE — Since 2010, the Lennox® Heat U.P. Program has been partnering with communities to install free furnaces for deserving families. In 2017, 175 families received a free furnace.

The Lennox Heat U.P. Program was started in Wisconsin in 2010 by 82 Lennox dealers who wanted to give back to their communities. Seven years later, the program is still going strong and has expanded to include 164 dealers across eight states. The program invites local organizations to nominate deserving families or individuals in their community who would benefit from a new furnace installation prior to the winter weather setting in.

The criteria for a nomination to the Heat U.P. program includes:

• Families/individuals with some type of hardship or challenge;

• Families/individuals with military service; or

• Families/individuals involved in their community.

Since its inception, Heat U.P. Wisconsin has installed more than 500 furnaces, providing more than $2.2 million in support to recipients throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For the founders of the program, being able to impact so many people’s lives has been extremely rewarding.

“The Heat U.P. Program gives us an opportunity to take the expertise we have in the HVAC field and give it back to the community,” said Dave Chatmon, a Lennox district manager and the program’s founder. “Since 2010, we’ve been working as neighbors helping neighbors, and introducing the program this year into four provinces in Canada and growing to eight U.S. states is so powerful.” 

Publicaiton date: 1/29/2018

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