What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Elmhurst? 08/24/2017Summer in Elmhurst can tend to bring with it some really hot days and the potential 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 ton in utility costs. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a short few years. After that, all that savings goes back in to your wallet. 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, captures 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 gathered but not needed by your air conditioner can be used 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 might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right option for you? Ponder these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. a call today to get started with solar power: Do you have an area to place solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to handle solar panels? Are there any local laws that would prohibit you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. can help. Many people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in 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 offers a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who buy 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 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 bills. As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 630-833-1100 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.