Lennox taps the power of the sun to cool your home (VIDEO)
Heating and cooling costs typically consume about half of a home’s energy costs. Tapping into solar power for free energy makes sense, so Lennox launched its SunSource Home Energy System.
At the International Builder's Show in Orlando, Bill Cunningham, a product manager with Lennox, demonstrated some of the energy-saving features of the SunSource system in a video interview.
Heating and cooling costs typically consume about half of a home’s energy costs. Tapping into the power of the sun for free energy makes sense, so Lennox launched its SunSource Home Energy System.
Lennox upgraded high-efficiency air conditioner and heat pump models to include the inverter and electrical switch necessary to connect solar panels to a home’s electrical system. That way, a homeowner can add solar panels but doesn’t have to upfront. The units are still highly efficient and will help reduce utility costs.
With solar panels installed, energy generated by the system is first used to power the heat pump or air conditioner. When the heating or cooling system is not in operation, the solar energy operates other appliances and electronics in the house. Depending on the utility company where you live, any excess energy sent to the electrical grid could earn credits on your bill.
The SunSource heat pump and air conditioner are solar ready, meaning they are built ready to plug into solar modules. A homeowner can add from one to 15 solar modules per outdoor unit as the homeowner desires.
The SunSource Home Energy System may be eligible for government tax credits, as well as state and local tax incentives.
The SunSource system comes with a web-based monitoring system that allows homeowners to keep an eye on the performance of the solar panels and provides alerts to any problems. kept an eye on the solar panels at his home during the International Builder’s Show in January 2011. He said the monitoring system made his family much more conscious of their home energy use.
Companies: Lennox Industries
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