What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Crystal Lake? 08/24/2017Summer in Crystal Lake 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 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 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 back in to 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, 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 produced 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 is remaining, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how might you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a good choice for you? Ponder these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Jett's Heating & 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 accommodate solar panels? Are there any local laws that would keep you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help. Many people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility costs will pay you back, plus years of additional savings. Take a look at this solar calculator to get a good idea of the money you’ll save plus how much you’ll be helping the planet. What’s even better is that you could 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 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 can also raise 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 expenses. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Jett's Heating & Air Inc. today at 815-459-4700 to talk about your solar air conditioning options. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.