What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Chicago? 08/24/2017Summer in Chicago can tend to bring with it some scorching hot days and the possibility for some unkind 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 costs. In fact, it can save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick 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, collect 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 generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s gathered 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 option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning a call today to 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, iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Many 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 extra savings. Check out 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 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 increase 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning today at 773-704-0640 to talk about your solar air conditioning choices. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.