If you live where temperatures are typically above freezing and electric rates are low, you'll use a heat pump year 'round. (Heat pumps draw heat from outdoor air in winter and release it inside. In summer, the process is reversed.) The cost of buying and installing a heat pump divided by the total hours used each year is less than that of buying and installing individual heating and cooling systems.
As long as the temperature stays above freezing, electricity is an efficient way to create heat. When temperatures dip lower, a heat pump with dual-fuel capability combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace. The system alternates between electric and gas heat, depending on which is more economical, to help keep your energy bills low.
Solar power is also an exciting new option. The first-of-its-kind SunSource™ Solar-Assist Comfort System from Lennox uses solar power as an alternative power resource when air conditioning drives energy demand higher. SunSource heat pumps use a 190-watt solar panel to assist the fan motor in moving air across the outdoor coil. Solar power is a viable solution for reducing peak energy consumption while easing demand on overloaded energy grids.
See the entire range of Lennox heat pumps designed for your home's heating and cooling needs.