What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Ridgedale and the Branson area? 08/24/2017Summer in Ridgedale and the Branson area tends to bring with it some really hot days and the possibility for some unpleasant 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 fortune in utility bills. 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 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 utilizes solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, gather 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 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 can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Branson HVAC, LLC a call and we’ll 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 prohibit you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Branson HVAC, LLC can help. Most people are concerned with the cost involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility expenses 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 may 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 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 a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Branson HVAC, LLC today at 417-544-4430 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.