What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Topeka? 08/24/2017Summer in Topeka inevitably brings with it some very hot days and the possibility for some unkind 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 throughout summer without costing you a lot in utility costs. In fact, it may save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick 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 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 takes 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 taken advantage of to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy still remains, 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? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. 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 prevent you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. can help. A lot of people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility bills will pay you back, plus years of additional savings. Check out 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 could even be eligible for state incentives. The U.S. government provides a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who purchase 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 may also raise 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 expenses. As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. today at 785-357-6200 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.