What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Lexington? 08/24/2017Summer in Lexington can tend to bring with it some really hot days and the potential for some unsettling cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to get around that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool all summer without costing you a lot in utility bills. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick 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 very similar to 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 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 collected but not needed by your air conditioner can be taken advantage of to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy is remaining, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right choice for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give James Heating & A/C, Inc a call and we can help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to install solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to accommodate 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, James Heating & A/C, Inc can help. A lot of 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 additional savings. Take a look at 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 might 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 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 could 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 costs. As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call James Heating & A/C, Inc today at 336-853-6070 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.