Summer in Ballwin and St. Charles inevitably brings with it some very hot days and the potential for some unsettling cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to dodge that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a ton in utility bills. In fact, it can save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick few years. After that, all that savings comes back to you.
So, what is solar-ready air conditioning? A solar-ready air conditioner is basically a traditional air conditioner that takes advantage of solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, gather the sun’s radiant energy and takes it to the air conditioner after it’s been converted to electrical current. The solar energy that’s produced is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s gathered but not needed by your air conditioner can be used to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy is still left over, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company.
So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Air Alliance Team a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to place solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight?
- Is this area large enough to accommodate solar panels?
- Are there any local laws that would prohibit you from benefitting from solar panels?
If you’re uncertain of your answer to any of these questions, Air Alliance Team can help.
Most people are concerned with the cost 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 more green you will be. 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 has a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who buy 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 can also boost the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have indicated that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility expenses.
As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Air Alliance Team today at 636-206-4250 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices.