SunMate Solar Hot Air
Contact Co-op Power at (877) 266-7543 for updated pricing and Co-op Power members get a 10% discount off the price (excluding shipping).
Co-op Power members now have access to highly efficient Solar Hot Air Heating systems from Environmental Solar Systems, a Metheun, MA company. The unit, called a SunMate, is mounted directly to the side wall or roof of your home. SunMates can be installed in as little as 3 hours by anyone with basic carpentry skills and at a fraction of the cost of other solar systems.
Co-op Power member and chair of the Products and Services Committee, Lark Thwing has two of them on his vacation rental home in Hawley, MA. They draw air from inside the house, heat it up and return it to the house using a small fan. The fan can be plugged into a 110 v outlet or can be operated by a self contained solar panel that can be purchased with the unit. On a bright sunny winter day, he can raise the temperature of a 600 sq ft space about 10 degrees. He has one unit to provide supplemental heat for the first floor and a second unit for the second floor bedroom areas.