Getting Started With Lennox® Solar Solutions is Easy . Adding solar-powered products to your home is a smart investment that will help you become more eco-friendly and less dependent on the utility company. But it can require a little preparation prior to installing the system. We’ve outlined the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview. Just call or set up an appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll come over to go through our detailed solar planning checklist and figure out whether your home meets requirements for a SunSource® Home Energy System installation. Step 2: Determine the space and sunlight available on your roof. We install solar modules on your roof, so the roof will need enough space that’s virtually shade-free to place the panels. Each module needs 15 square feet of roof space. Your Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. representative will help you decide how many solar panels you need to install to have enough energy for your home. Step 3: Investigate possible building restrictions. If you’re a member of a neighborhood or Longview Homeowner’s Association, you might need to share your solar energy system installation plans ahead of time. Step 4: Make sure your internet is solar-ready. Don’t worry – the SunSource doesn’t require an elaborate new internet connection. It just requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s always on so you can take advantage of the system’s web-based performance monitoring service. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies frequently have solar rebates and incentive policies to help offset the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to ask if the utility offers net-metering, which will enable you to get credit for extra electricity your SunSource system generates. Our team can help you find and fill out these forms. With these few steps, getting started with solar is a cinch . Don’t let us forget to mention the savings you’ll accumulate when the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns before your solar product installation, just call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. at 903-758-0701.