The new SunSource Home Energy System from Lennox Industries harnesses solar power to reduce the energy used by a residential heat pump or air conditioner, and operate other devices in the home, like lighting and electrical appliances, when the heating and cooling system is not being used.
What’s more, if the system generates more power than the home uses, it can be sent back to the utility company, potentially entitling the homeowner to money off their electricity bill.
“Lennox is the first heating and air-conditioning manufacturer to use solar energy for central heating, cooling and beyond,” says the firm’s Vice President for Product Management, John Hurst.
The SunSource Home Energy System includes:
- A solar-ready, high efficiency Lennox air conditioner or heat pump
- A Lennox solar subpanel
- One to 15 roof-mounted solar modules which harness clean, sustainable energy from the sun and use it to run the home’s central heating and cooling systems as well as other appliances
- A communications system allowing homeowners to assess each solar module’s operation and energy production online, as well as other environmental benefits such as the amount of carbon offset
Hurst adds: “Our most efficient air conditioners and heat pumps will automatically come ‘solar ready.’ Consumers who buy these systems will have the option to integrate a solar package at installation or later on. And because the system is expandable, homeowners can start small with a couple of solar modules and add more in the future, for a total of up to 15 solar modules per outdoor unit and added energy savings.”
It’s a choice with many benefits
Homeowners across the globe are seeing the solar light. The reasons vary for each person, though they mainly come down to the following:
Solar-energy systems allow you to capture free sunlight and convert it into usable power in your home.
Solar energy can be used to heat and cool your home, but it has almost no impact on the global climate. By comparison, electricity generated by power plants produces carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say pose serious threats to the environment.
It’s infinitely renewable.
While nonrenewable energy sources like oil, gas and coal are becoming increasingly scarce, the sun’s energy is limitless. Wherever sunlight shines, electricity can be generated.
It can reduce your utility costs.
Having a system that creates solar energy means you use less electricity from your utility company, and that can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs. This is significant, especially when you consider 56% of energy use in a typical U.S. home comes from heating and cooling*. To find out how much you can save by harnessing energy from the sun, use our solar calculator.
It comes with incentives.
The U.S. federal government and some states provide tax credits for renewable-energy systems. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for incentives through your utility company. To find out what incentives are available in your area, visit dsireusa.org.
It increases your energy self-reliance.
The more sunlight harnessed by the system, the less electricity you need from your utility supplier.
It can also increase your home’s value.
An investment in a solar-energy system may improve the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown that, for every $1000 saved per year, $20,000 may be added to a home’s value.
It’s extremely reliable.
The sun has been around for billions of years and is likely to burn on for billions more to come. And when you consider how a trusted name like Lennox is putting it to economical use in the home, it’s easy to see solar energy’s future is bright.