What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in West Palm Beach? 08/24/2017Summer in West Palm Beach can tend to bring with it some very hot days and the chance for some unpleasant cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to get around that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a ton in utility expenses. In fact, it could 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 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 generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be taken advantage of 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 choice for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Hopkins 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 accommodate 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, Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. can help. Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility bills will pay you back, plus years of extra savings. Check out 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 provides a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who get and install equipment that uses solar energy to generate 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 expenses. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 561-656-4255 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.