Summer in Pella can tend to bring with it some very hot days and the potential 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 through summer without costing you a lot in utility costs. In fact, it may save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a short 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, captures the sun’s radiant energy and routes 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 still remains, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company.
So, how might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great option for you? Ponder these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating 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 handle 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, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can help.
Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility expenses will pay you back, plus years of added savings. Check out 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 might receive federal rebates on your investment and you could even be eligible for state incentives.
The U.S. government provides 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 could also raise 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 a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating today at 641-628-3621 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices.