Summer in McMurray can tend to bring with it some very hot days and the chance for some unpleasant 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 all summer without costing you a lot in utility costs. In fact, it could 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 essentially a traditional air conditioner that takes advantage of solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, captures the sun’s radiant energy and sends 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 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 might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call and we can help you get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to put solar panels that receives 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, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help.
A lot of people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility costs will pay you back, plus years of extra savings. View 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 could receive federal rebates on your investment and you may 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 generate 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 may 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 bills.
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today at 724-370-0141 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices.