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CenterPoint Energy's Home Service Plus® recommends customers take advantage of furnace tune-ups as cold weather approaches
Customers who have annual furnace tune-ups have one-third fewer furnace breakdowns

MINNEAPOLIS - October 5, 2010 - Minnesotans depend on a reliable, efficient and safe heating system, especially during the area’s unpredictable winters. CenterPoint Energy’s Home Service Plus® (HSP) recommends annual maintenance to help improve the safety and efficiency of customers’ furnaces, boilers and fireplaces.

“Annual safety checks and heating equipment tune-ups are important for our customers’ safety and the reliability of their heating system,” said Joe Vortherms, director of Home Service Plus for CenterPoint Energy. “We encourage customers to take advantage of the heating system tune-ups and inspection services we offer. An annual tune up helps the furnace run more efficiently and keeps customers safe and warm during the winter heating season.”

In addition to performing necessary heating system maintenance, the Home Service Plus technicians will restart the furnace or boiler, check and adjust gas input to manufacturer’s specifications to ensure maximum efficiency, provide written record of the tune-up and provide answers to operating, maintenance and efficiency questions. Home Service Plus also offers fireplace tune-ups. Most manufacturers recommend having gas-burning appliances inspected annually by a professional service provider to ensure safe operation.

Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers and stoves, produce carbon monoxide (CO) that can reach dangerous levels if not maintained or used properly. CenterPoint Energy recommends that homeowners purchase a CO detection device with an audible alarm and digital display, install it 10 feet from each bedroom as required by law, change the batteries as necessary and check for proper operation.

Home Service Plus® is CenterPoint Energy’s non-regulated business providing repair plans, repair and maintenance services and new product sales and installation in the categories of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and home appliances. HSP serves the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. Visit www.hsptoday.com or call 877-HSP-1664 to learn more about Home Service Plus and schedule furnace maintenance.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.