Lennox Industries unveiled SunSource, said to be the industry's first integrated solar-assisted residential heating & cooling system. The system integrates solar power by using a single 190-W solar panel which provides power to assist the fan motor that moves air across the outdoor coil, a critical component in any home comfort system. Even on days with limited sun exposure, the system takes advantage of the available solar resources and reduces energy usage. To match the expected gains in energy efficiency, a conventional outdoor residential air conditioning unit would have to almost double in size.
Integrating solar power into other components of a typical home comfort system -- including indoor motors, compressors, indoor air quality products, and thermostats -- is currently being evaluated.
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