While the demand for electricity continues to increase, the use of solar power as a source of energy has become a very good solution to the rising energy costs. Solar heating and cooling units work by turning sunlight into energy then using that energy to power your home. Since light from the sun is an unlimited resource, the power you get from your solar heating and cooling system is completely free.
If you have started to think about switching to a solar power system, there are a few factors that you should consider before you make your selection. First off, you will need to consider how much sunlight your home receives on a daily basis. Your roof will need to be clear of shade from trees or any other structures. Also, a home that has southern exposure to the sun is, generally, the best fit for solar heating and cooling systems.
You will need to take into account the size of your roof. Each solar module takes up 15 square feet of space. An expert HVAC technician can help you find out the correct number of solar modules to place on your roof.
Before you make your purchase, make sure that you won’t 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.
Another thing that you might need is a strong internet connection. Certain systems, like Lennox’s SunSource Home Energy System, require a good internet connection to take advantage of their web-based performance monitoring service. This service will ensure that your solar electric power system is working in the most efficient manner possible.
Make sure you check with your utility company prior to adding a solar power system to your home. Your utility company might give credits for a portion of the electricity your system creates and you might be entitled to tax credits that will save you more money. If you feel that a solar heating & cooling system is right for you, contact the experts at Overland Park Heating & Cooling for further assistance.
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