Considering Solar to Power Your Kitchener Home A/C? The Future Is Here Published on March 19, 2015 Its been a while since that air conditioner was running, but the heat of summer is just around the corner, which means A/C service costs. In the era of sustainable thinking and living, how to lower that cost in a greener way is foremost on many consumers’ minds. The question is this: Why hasn’t someone built an air conditioning system that can keep our family cool 24/7, but not worry about increased energy costs or the environmental impact? We have an answer: a solar assisted air conditioner. Now Hammond Plumbing & Heating knows what you’re thinking - “Someday it will happen, maybe another five years at least.” Believe it or not… it’s already here, right now... today! Introducing the first integrated solar-assisted residential heating and air conditioning system: The SunSource™ Comfort System from Lennox®: Environmentally Sensitive The industry's top solar-assisted central heat pump utilizes solar energy and electricity to help lower overall home electric usage. Chlorine-free R410A refrigerant provides remarkable comfort without exacting a costly environmental toll. ENERGY STAR® Qualified The system meets or exceeds U.S. EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. This advanced Lennox® system also qualifies for a federal tax credit to reduce your expense; visit the ENERGY STAR website to learn more. Don’t forget to check with your local utility provider for any state tax credit opportunities. Tremendous Comfort & Energy Efficiency Efficiency ratings of up to 18.20 SEER and 9.70 HSPF can save you significant dollars each year compared to a standard heat pump. One solar panel provides freely available climate-friendly energy to counterweight the electric usage of the heating and cooling system. A two-stage scroll compressor functions at low speed a significant amount of the time, which means it's inexpensive to operate and provides more consistent comfort. In addition, it's specifically designed to work with a Humiditrol® whole-home dehumidification system for added comfort control. Quiet Operation The SilentComfort™ fan grille utilizes patent-pending, vortex-suppression technology that minimizes the sound of airflow passing through the unit, providing a tranquil environment. A fully insulated compressor compartment uses vibration-isolating mounts to stifle operating sound, thereby exhibiting low sound pollution. Reliable Performance Manufactured with heavy-gauge, pre-painted steel and examined in the most extreme environments to provide supreme durability, the system also comes with the industry-leading onboard cooling system diagnostic tool, the Lennox® System Operations Monitor, which always monitors system performance and promises reliable operation and quick troubleshooting. A 10-Year Limited Warranty on compressor and all remaining covered components (the solar panel itself is not included). Other Factors SunSource™ should be the first product a Kitchener customer needs to consider when learning about an air conditioner or HVAC system replacement (the second being a hybrid home comfort system). Although Heat Pump’s are not for use in every climate, the environment-friendly features of the SunSource Comfort System make it the preferred system for today’s energy and cost-conscious families.