What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Albuquerque? 08/24/2017Summer in Albuquerque 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 get around that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a lot in utility expenses. 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 comes back to you. So, what is solar-ready air conditioning? A solar-ready air conditioner is essentially a traditional air conditioner that utilizes solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, captures 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 generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s gathered but not needed by your air conditioner can be used to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy still remains, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is the right choice for you? Think through these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Desert Suns Heating & Cooling a call and we can 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 handle solar panels? Are there any local laws that would prohibit you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re uncertain of your answer to any of these questions, Desert Suns Heating & Cooling can help. Most people are concerned with the expense involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility expenses 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 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 has 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 bills. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Desert Suns Heating & Cooling today at 505-994-9176 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.