What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Rapid City? 08/24/2017Summer in Rapid City inevitably brings with it some very hot days and the chance for some unsettling cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to prevent that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool throughout summer without costing you a ton in utility costs. In fact, it could 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 essentially a traditional air conditioner that takes advantage of solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, collect 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 produced 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 is still left over, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company. So, how will you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great option for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc 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 house solar panels? Are there any local laws that would keep you from benefitting from solar panels? If you’re uncertain of your answer to any of these questions, Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can help. Most people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your reduction in utility bills 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 better it will be for the planet. What’s even better is that you can 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 get and install equipment that uses solar energy to generate 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 stated that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility expenses. As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc today at 605-342-5107 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.