What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Gresham?

Summer in Gresham inevitably brings with it some very hot days and the chance 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 all summer without costing you a ton in utility expenses. In fact, it may save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a matter of a 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 basically a traditional air conditioner that utilizes 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 generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s collected 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 might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a good option for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Honke Heating & AC a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power:

  • Do you have an area to place 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, Honke Heating & AC can help.

Many people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility bills will pay you back, plus years of added 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 can 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 could 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 quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Honke Heating & AC today at 503-376-8806 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. 

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