The Unfiltered Blog

February 2, 2016

Winning the lottery in Des Moines ― the HVAC lottery

By Chuck Gassmann, CEO

Three lucky people started off 2016 by making history: They won the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion. While they’re wondering what to do with all that money, a family in West Des Moines also just won something. No, not a million dollars or a lifetime supply of ice cream. Not a new boat or a vacation. Those are all great prizes, but this one is more of a necessity — a free furnace from Bell Brothers.

The Hunt family in West Des Moines lives in a 108-year-old home. The home received some renovations before they moved in a few years ago. The furnace did not make that list.

Jana Hunt saw a free high-efficiency furnace and installation was up for grabs to the lucky winner of the Winter Warm Up giveaway on She decided to enter — along with hundreds of others. She never thought she’d win.

A few weeks later, she received a call. She had won the giveaway! She wasted no time in contacting Bell Brothers to claim her prize. The week we installed the furnace, temperatures had dropped to single digits. To stay comfortable, the family had been wearing coats inside.

Jana and her family were so thankful for the high-efficiency furnace, and we were happy to help. We understand a new furnace is an investment. And if money is tight, it may fall down the list of priorities. Just a few hours after the installation, Jana gave us this review on Facebook:

“We won! Thanks to Bell Brothers & KCCI TV 8 for our brand new 95% efficient Carrier heating unit. What a wonderful thing to win from a super-fantastic company. They are great! Knowledgeable, experienced, efficient ... I could go on and on. Now, thanks to Bell Brothers, we will be staying warm in our 108-year-old home. No more freezing and wearing coats during those arctic nights here in Iowa. Thanks to everyone at Bell Brothers. We appreciate winning this year’s contest. You guys are the best.”
— The Hunt Family

This giveaway was the final piece to the yearlong celebration for our 60th anniversary in business. What a great year it was, and we ended on a high note by helping a family in need.

But that’s not the end of our community involvement. Bell Brothers has been giving back and supporting the Des Moines community for years, and we are excited to continue these efforts into 2016. Stay up to date with our activities while learning helpful tips about the HVAC system in your Central Iowa home by following us on Facebook.