Summer in Des Moines inevitably brings with it some very 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 throughout summer without costing you a lot in utility expenses. 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 utilizes 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 generated 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power:
- Do you have an area to put solar panels that has unobstructed sunlight?
- Is this area large enough to accommodate solar panels?
- Are there any local laws that would prevent you from benefitting from solar panels?
If you’re not sure of your answer to any of these questions, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can help.
Most people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in utility bills will pay you back, plus years of additional savings. Check out 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 can receive federal rebates on your investment and you could even be eligible for state incentives.
The U.S. government offers a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who buy 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 could also boost 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling today at 515-207-6569 to talk about your solar air conditioning options.