What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Greater Richmond?

Summer in Greater Richmond can tend to bring with it some very hot days and the possibility for some unsettling 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 expenses. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick 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 utilizes solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, collect the sun’s radiant energy and takes it to the air conditioner after it’s been converted to electrical current. The solar energy that’s produced is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s collected 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 can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great choice for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling 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 prevent you from benefitting from solar panels?

If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help.

A lot of people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility costs will pay you back, plus years of added 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 could receive federal rebates on your investment and you might even be eligible for state incentives.

The U.S. government has 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 can also increase 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 costs.

As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at 804-302-6657 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. 

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