Summer in Bishop can tend to bring with it some scorching hot days and the possibility for some unsettling 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 ton in utility bills. In fact, it can save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a matter of a 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 basically 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 sends it to the air conditioner after it’s been converted to electrical current. The solar energy that’s created is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be used 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 the right way to go for you? Ponder these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can help you get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to place solar panels that gets unobstructed sunlight?
- Is this area large enough to house solar panels?
- Are there any local laws that would prohibit you from benefitting from solar panels?
If you’re not sure of your answer to any of these questions, Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can help.
Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in utility bills will pay you back, plus years of added savings. Take a look at this solar calculator to get a good idea of the money you’ll save plus how much you’ll be helping the planet. 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 offers a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who get and install equipment that uses solar energy to create 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 increase the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning today at 760-784-9034 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities.