What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Portland Metro? 08/24/2017Summer in Portland Metro can tend to bring with it some really hot days and the possibility for some unkind 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 fortune in utility bills. In fact, it can save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a short 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, gather the sun’s radiant energy and sends 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 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 can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right choice for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Central Air Inc a call today to get started with solar power: Do you have an area to install solar panels that gets unobstructed sunlight? Is this area large enough to handle 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, Central Air Inc can help. Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduced utility expenses will pay you back, plus years of additional 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 might receive federal rebates on your investment and you could 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 may 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 bills. As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Central Air Inc today at 503-656-1908 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.