What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Orange County? 08/24/2017Summer in Orange County inevitably brings with it some scorching hot days and the chance for some unpleasant 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 costs. In fact, it may save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a matter of a few years. After that, all that savings comes back to you. So, what is solar-ready air conditioning? A solar-ready air conditioner is essentially 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 gathered but not needed by your air conditioner can be used to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy is remaining, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a good choice for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Ocean Air Conditioning a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to place 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 unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Ocean Air Conditioning can help. A lot of people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility expenses will pay you back, plus years of extra savings. View 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 provides a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who buy 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 can also raise the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have stated 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 Ocean Air Conditioning today at 949-525-9119 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.