“World’s Ugliest Furnace Contest” Award Winner Announced

Katharine Bono of Bryn Mawr, PA stands next to her furnace, "The Bryn Mawr Beast", recently voted as "The World's Ugliest Furnace".

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(WILMINGTON, DE / EXTON, PA; January 3, 2011) — As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. But for one Bryn Mawr, PA resident, ugliness sure has its rewards!

Horizon Services, Inc. – the premier plumbing, heating and air conditioning services and equipment installation company serving Delaware, Southeast Pennsylvania and Maryland — is pleased to announce the winner of its “World’s Ugliest Furnace Contest” contest held in the Fall of 2010.

Congratulations to Katharine Bono of Bryn Mawr, PA. In a vote held on the Horizon Services website, visitors to the website have overwhelmingly given her old, beat-up furnace the title of “World’s Ugliest”.

Ms. Bono not only receives the honor(?) of this title, she receives something even better: a brand new Lennox G50 80% AFUE gas furnace (70,000 BTUh), free from Horizon Services. Her prize also includes a Honeywell VisionPro IAQ thermostat, all necessary ductwork modifications, 5 Year Parts warranty and 1 Year Labor warranty. (Total Value: $5,496.00).

Here’s how the contest worked. In October, Horizon Services website visitors were invited to submit photos of their old, rusty, rickety heaters and furnaces. Five finalists were selected from dozens of entries. Their ugly furnace photos were posted on the Horizon Services website in November and December; during this period, website visitors cast their votes for the ugliest.

Ms. Bono’s furnace, nicknamed “The Bryn Mawr Beast”, received well over half of all votes. But she wasn’t the only winner. The owners of the four runner-ups — “The Dog from Delaware”, “Hideous in Haverford”, “The Trainer Trainwreck” and “The Wicked Witch of Wilmington” also received prizes: a $250 Visa gift card. (See photos of all the finalists below)

In addition, one lucky winner — Janice Warren of Elkton, MD — was randomly chosen from all who cast votes to receive a $100 Visa gift card.

According to Ms. Bono, she was delighted, but not altogether surprised, to learn that she had won the coveted title of “World’s Ugliest Furnace.”

“When I heard that Horizon Services was holding this contest, I knew that I had to take part in it,” she said. “This furnace is in pretty bad shape, and I don’t think I have ever seen one that looks quite like it. I knew that when I submitted my entry, I had a pretty good chance of being selected a winner.”

Installation of Ms. Bono’s new furnace began on January 3, 2010. In addition to a more eye-pleasing furnace in her basement, she is now looking forward to many years of relaible, energy-efficient heating and comfort.

View Video of Katharine Bono talking about taking part in
Horizon Services’ “World’s Ugliest Furnace” Contest.

Congratulations to All of Our “World’s Ugliest Furnace” Contest Winners!

The Bryn Mawr Beast
Grand Prize Winner
“The Bryn Mawr Beast”
(Submitted by Katharine Bono; Bryn Mawr, PA )

The Dog from Delaware
Runner Up #1:
“The Dog from Delaware”
(Submitted by Marion Harter; Newport, DE)

Hideous in Haverford
Runner Up #2
“Hideous in Haverford”
(Submitted by James Sturdivant; Haverford, PA)

The Trainer Trainwreck
Runner-Up #3
“The Trainer Trainwreck”
(Submitted by Victor Vandemark; Trainer, PA )

The Wicked Witch of Wilmington
Runner Up #4
“The Wicked Witch of Wilmington”
(Submitted by Eileen Hartmann; Wilmington, DE)

About Horizon Services, Inc.:

Horizon Services is the Delaware Valley’s leading plumbing, heating, air conditioning, drain cleaning and sewer & water line replacement services company, providing repair, maintenance, sales and installation to homeowners in Delaware (New Castle County, Kent County), Pennsylvania (Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, and Bucks County), New Jersey (Gloucester County, Camden County and Burlington County), and Maryland (Cecil County). Horizon Services is headquartered in Wilmington, DE with additional offices in Audubon, PA and Mount Laurel, NJ. Website: http://www.horizonservicesinc.com.

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