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Lennox Launches Search For The Most Uncomfortable Home In North America (5/17)

(copied from May 17, 2004

As homeowners throughout North America head indoors this summer to escape the heat and humidity, many will find their homes' interiors anything but cool and comfortable. From lime green shag carpeting and outdated drapes to humid indoor air and musty odors, there are a number of things that can contribute to domestic discomfort. That's why Lennox Industries, a leading provider of integrated home comfort systems, is launching the "Lennox Home Comfort Makeover(TM) Contest."

As part of the contest, which begins May 15 and runs through Aug. 31, 2004, Lennox is searching the United States and Canada for the most uncomfortable home in North America. One lucky homeowner will receive a complete home comfort and interior design makeover, including a new Lennox Integrated Home Comfort system configured specifically for their home and a $25,000 USD interior design makeover.

To help launch the contest, Lennox has partnered with environmental interior design expert Bernadette V. Upton. A 35-year veteran of the interior design industry and president of the American Society of Interior Designers Florida-South Chapter, Upton serves as a spokesperson for Lennox on indoor air quality and home comfort issues, as well as a contest judge, and will implement the grand-prize home comfort makeover.

"Home comfort is not just about having a beautiful house. It's also about making your home more breathable," said Upton, who is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design program and certified by the National Environmental Health Association. "There are a number of elements that go into making a home more comfortable and livable, including things you see and things you don't see -- from the right accessories and furnishings to the highest level of indoor air quality. With the Lennox Home Comfort Makeover Contest, busy homeowners who desire a more comfortable place to live can enter the contest and breathe easy, knowing that if they win, their house will be transformed from a headache into a haven."

The grand-prize winner of the Lennox Home Comfort Makeover Contest will receive personal consultations with a Lennox home comfort specialist and Upton; a $25,000 USD allowance for the complete interior design makeover; and a new Lennox Integrated Home Comfort system that not only heats and cools, but also lets the homeowner control the humidity and customize the airflow throughout the house -- all while removing harmful particles, chemicals and odors in the air. Four runners-up each will receive a $1,500 USD gift certificate redeemable for Lennox home comfort equipment.

Official entry forms and the Official Rules are available between May 15 and Aug. 31, 2004, on the Lennox Web site at Participants will be required to complete the entry form and describe, in 200 words or fewer, why they believe their home is currently uncomfortable and in need of a home comfort makeover. In addition, entrants will be required to submit up to four photographs or up to one minute of video footage on either a VHS tape or CD-ROM that visually conveys the most uncomfortable aspects of their home. Entries in any of these formats may be submitted via mail. Additionally, electronic photo entries can be submitted online at Online entries will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2004, at 11:59:59 p.m. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States or Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, who are 18 years or older as of May 15, 2004 (for U.S. and District of Columbia residents), or the age of majority or older within the Canadian province in which they reside as of May 15, 2004 (for Canadian residents), and must own their own home with a central HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system. The Lennox Home Comfort Makeover Contest grand-prize winner and four runners-up will be announced on or around Sept. 15, 2004. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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