What to Know Before Switching to Solar

Thinking About A Switch To Solar Heating and Cooling? Here’s What You Need To Know

May 19, 2011

The use of solar electric power systems has become an excellent option to offset the rising costs of energy. Solar heating and cooling systems transform light from the sun into energy and use it to power your home. Because sunlight is an unlimited source, the power you receive from a solar power system is completely free. While the upfront cost of installation may be a bit more expensive than other options, a solar heating and cooling unit will pay for itself very quickly — even more quickly with the available 2011 tax credits.

The first thing that you need to consider when looking to switch to solar energy is how much sunlight your home receives throughout the day. A portion of your roof needs to be fully exposed to the sun and free of any shade created by trees or structures. Generally, homes that have southern exposure to the sun are the best-suited for a solar heating and cooling system.

Another important factor in determining if your home is suited for a solar power system is the size of your home’s roof. A solar module takes up approximately 15 square feet of space. An expert HVAC technician can help you figure out the appropriate amount of solar modules to install on your roof.

You will also need to confirm that you will not be violating any building codes in your area. If you are apart of a Homeowner’s Association, check with them for approval before you add a solar heating and cooling system to your home.

A strong internet connection, depending on the model you choose, may be helpful. Systems, like Lennox’s SunSource Home Energy System, require a good internet connection to take full advantage of their web-based performance monitoring service. This additional service will ensure that your solar power system is in the best possible working condition.

It’s possible that your utility company offers credits for the electricity your solar power system generates, and you may qualify for tax credits that will help you save more money. If you decide that a solar heating and cooling system may be right for you, contact the professionals at Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning for further information.

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