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A classic gets inventive: Introducing the 2016 Southern Living Idea House.

Welcoming, elegant, charming and comfortable, these are the elements that epitomize a classic Southern home. The 2016 Southern Living Idea House is classic in every way, but is also inventive and modern.

Each year, the Southern Living Idea House is built in a new location. The luxury home showcases inspiring interior design ideas and innovative technology for more comfortable living. 

For 2016, the Southern Living Idea House is found in Mt Laurel, Alabama. Set in beautiful woodsy surroundings, Mt Laurel Cottage blends the classic with the modern and the indoors with the outdoors.

The resulting space is a fresh take on traditional Southern style, without sacrificing any of the charm or comfort.

Four seasons of perfect comfort

Being located in Alabama, Mt Laurel Cottage experiences all four seasons of weather. To help maintain a perfectly cool house in the summer and a warm and welcoming one in the winter, the designers chose to install two complementary Lennox® home comfort systems, both featuring high-efficiency Dave Lennox Signature® collection equipment.

The CBX32MV Air Handler

The Southern Living Idea House also features the CBX32MV air handler*. Used primarily to circulate cool air in the summer or warm air from a heat pump in the winter, the CBX32MV is a quiet and efficient air handler that's suitable for almost any type of installation. Easy to install, the unit can be mounted either horizontally or vertically with minimal modification.

The XP21 Heat Pump

The quietest and most energy efficient heat pump you can buy**, the Southern Living Idea House features the ultra-efficient XP21 heat pump. Ideal for milder climates, the XP21 provides energy-efficient heating and cooling during every season of the year.

The SL18XP1 Heat Pump

For additional comfort, the Southern Living Idea House was fitted with a second heat pump. Extremely quiet, efficient and reliable, the SL18XP1*** contains innovative silentcomfort technology, which ensures virtually silent operation even during the hottest Alabama summer.

The icomfort® S30 Smart Thermostat

The iComfort® Smart thermostat controls the comfort level in the Southern Living Idea House precisely and efficiently. Energy-saving and flexible, the iComfort S30's Smart Away mode connects with the GPS in a homeowner's smartphone, allowing them to switch the system to a more efficient mode when they are away. The Smart Away mode then returns the system to a normal schedule and more comfortable temperature when the homeowner returns.

As well as having a highly efficient Lennox home comfort system, the Southern Living Idea House also features beautiful interior design and exquisitely matched fixtures and fittings. With home furnishings by Ballard Designs, faucets by Delta, kitchen appliances by Thermador and paint from Sherwin-Williams, the Southern Living Idea House elevates home comfort to a whole new level.

Create your own idea house

To learn more about the Lennox products featured in the article and to find out how you can get them installed in your home, contact your local Lennox® Dealer.

*The CBX32MV air handler has been replaced by the CBA38MV, the quietest and most efficient air handler you can buy.
**A combination of sound ratings established per AHRI's test standard: AHRI 270-2008 (August 2013); and efficiency ratings established per AHRI's test standard: ANSI/AHRI 210/240-2008 of two-stage central AC/HP equipment.
 ***The SL18XP1 is no longer available.

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