Ashleigh AngellOctober 9, 20183970
Depending on the season and location of your home, you probably spend a lot of money on air conditioning. With more usage comes the growing concern of the higher cost of electricity. With that being said, does it have to be like it? Or is there a way to bring the prices of your air conditioning down during the warmer months?
Solar power is one method to ensure electricity costs are down while enjoying air conditioning for long periods of time, including peak hours. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money when it’s hot out, and we’re going to explain to you exactly how by detailing how to switch to solar AC in this blog.
How much does it cost?
There are various factors of how much usage of air conditioning will cost. How often the AC is being used, the actual size of the product and the rate for electricity are the more common factors. A majority of AC products have a nameplate that shows the amount of power pulled peruse. The number is in watts and is calculated by how many kilowatt-hours your AC system is used on a given day. The results from this calculation will prepare you for the next steps of solar AC.
If you’re thinking of installing solar to reduce the costs of air conditioning, you must determine how much additional electricity is needed and the number of solar panels to generate it. The amount of panels required to create a solar panel system to cover this usage depends on how much sunlight exposure the panels receive. There are multiple factors for the number of solar panels needed. The type of installation, the location of your home, the efficiency of the equipment, and the system design play a pivotal role.
Generally speaking, both federal and state governments support the use of solar air conditioning. Both governments provide incentive plans for solar energy users. Rates differ state by state, so its best to check with your state’s energy department to learn more about these incentive programs. There is a possibility of profit through reselling unused energy back to your state.
Solar energy is an economical way to create renewable energy for your air conditioner to use. Solar panel systems will harvest thousands in electricity savings for over 25 years. Studies have shown that solar energy adds $20 of home value for every $1 of energy savings yearly. Solar energy panels are long-term investments that add significant value to their home. This perk makes raises the value of their home in a competitive real estate market.
The two types of solar AC.
There are two types of solar air conditioning: hybrids and chillers. Hyrids are made by inverter technology that captures thermal (ambient) energy. Ambient energy is the work the condenser does to be decreased under full load which greatly extends the time the compressor is cycled off.
The chiller is generated by the heat that’s supplied through evacuated tube collectors. These solar collectors pick up thermal energy from the sun which transfers it using glycol-water solution.
Whichever type of solar AC you choose, it cannot be denied that you’ll save a ton of money by switching over to solar air conditioning. It’s no longer a matter of if you should, it’s now a matter of when.
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