Summer in Southern California tends to bring with it some really hot days and the possibility for some unkind cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to get around that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a lot in utility bills. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick few years. After that, all that savings goes back in to your wallet.
So, what is solar-ready air conditioning? A solar-ready air conditioner is essentially a traditional air conditioner that uses solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, collect the sun’s radiant energy and routes it to the air conditioner after it’s been converted to electrical current. The solar energy that’s generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be taken advantage of to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy still remains, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company.
So, how can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great choice for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Econo Air a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to install solar panels that has unobstructed sunlight?
- Is this area large enough to handle solar panels?
- Are there any local laws that would prevent you from benefitting from solar panels?
If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Econo Air can help.
Most people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility bills will pay you back, plus years of additional savings. Take a look at this solar calculator to get a good idea of the money you’ll save plus how much better it will be for the planet. What’s even better is that you might receive federal rebates on your investment and you could even be eligible for state incentives.
The U.S. government provides a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who get and install equipment that uses solar energy to produce electricity. It covers:
- Up to 9% of the total retail cost* of the solar-ready air conditioner, when solar modules are applied.
- 30% of the cost with no upper limit on solar module installation.**
Having a solar system could also boost the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have stated that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility costs.
As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Econo Air today at (714) 695-6661 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.