What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Scottsboro? 08/24/2017Summer in Scottsboro can tend to bring with it some scorching hot days and the possibility 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 through summer without costing you a fortune in utility bills. In fact, it may save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a short few years. After that, all that savings comes back to you. 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, gather 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 gathered but not needed by your air conditioner can be utilized to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy is still left over, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great way to go for you? Ponder these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to install solar panels that gets unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to handle solar panels? Are there any local laws that would keep you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re not sure of your answer to any of these questions, Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. 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. 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 might 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 get 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 may 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 variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. today at 256-574-1300 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.