What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Florissant? 08/24/2017Summer in Florissant can tend to bring with it some very hot days and the potential for some unkind cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to dodge that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a lot in utility bills. In fact, it can save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a short 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 essentially 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 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 might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great choice for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give B & B Heating & Cooling a call and we can help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to install solar panels that has unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to house solar panels? Are there any local laws that would prevent you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re uncertain of your answer to any of these questions, B & B Heating & Cooling can help. A lot of people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower 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 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 can 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 bills. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call B & B Heating & Cooling today at 314-838-9800 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.