What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Bakersfield? 08/24/2017Summer in Bakersfield tends to bring with it some very 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 fortune in utility bills. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick 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 very similar to a traditional air conditioner that uses solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, collect 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 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 is still left over, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great option for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to install solar panels that has unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to accommodate 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, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help. A lot of people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility costs will pay you back, plus years of extra savings. View 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 can receive federal rebates on your investment and you may even be eligible for state incentives. The U.S. government has 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 may also boost 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 costs. As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing today at 661-437-3499 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.