What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Asheville? 08/24/2017Summer in Asheville inevitably brings with it some very hot days and the possibility 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 all summer without costing you a ton in utility expenses. In fact, it can 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 utilizes solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, gather 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 produced 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 remaining, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give 1st Choice Service Group Inc a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power: Do you have an area to put solar panels that receives unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to house 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, 1st Choice Service Group Inc can help. Many people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced 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 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 offers a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who buy 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 can also boost 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 costs. As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call 1st Choice Service Group Inc today at 828-551-2913 to talk about your solar air conditioning options. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.