What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Longview? 08/24/2017Summer in Longview tends to bring with it some scorching hot days and the chance for some unkind 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 throughout summer without costing you a fortune in utility costs. In fact, it may 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 very similar to a traditional air conditioner that takes advantage of 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 captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be utilized to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy still remains, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. a call and we can help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to place solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to house solar panels? Are there any local laws that would keep you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re uncertain of your answer to any of these questions, Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can help. A lot of people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in utility costs will pay you back, plus years of extra savings. Take a look at this solar calculator to get a good idea of the money you’ll save plus how much more green you will be. What’s even better is that you might receive federal rebates on your investment and you might even be eligible for state incentives. The U.S. government offers 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 may also increase the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility costs. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 903-758-0701 to talk about your solar air conditioning options. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.