Summer in New Castle can tend to bring with it some really hot days and the chance for some unkind cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to prevent that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool all summer without costing you a lot in utility expenses. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick few years. After that, all that savings goes straight into your wallet.
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, captures 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 generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be utilized 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 a good way to go for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Central Heating & Plumbing a call today to get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to put solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight?
- Is this area large enough to house solar panels?
- Are there any local laws that would keep you from benefitting from solar panels?
If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Central Heating & Plumbing can help.
Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in utility expenses 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 better it will be for the planet. What’s even better is that you can 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 purchase 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 raise 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 expenses.
As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Central Heating & Plumbing today at 724-401-1843 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices.