AC and Solar Panels: Considerations Before Installing

AC and Solar Panels: Considerations Before Installing

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the setup options and panel needs that may come if you're looking to ensure you can run your AC system via power generated from solar panels. This is a growingly common setup for homes and businesses alike, and you may have a few different options and panel needs depending on the size of your structure and other factors.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're here to offer AC repair and installation services for clients around Riverton, Bluffdale, Lehi, Herriman and nearby areas, including those who utilize solar panels for some or all of their power needs. Today's part two of our series will look at a few simple considerations if you're thinking about installing solar panels in your home, with respect to whether they'll generate enough power for your AC and a few other basic considerations.

Is It Worth Your Investment?

As you're considering whether solar panels will work for your home, you'll need to assess the upfront investment and determine if it's worth it. This can involve looking at the cost of installation and any subsidies or credits that may be available from your state or local government. You'll also want to consider how much power you're likely to generate over time, as well as potential maintenance costs.

You also want to know that major components, such as your AC and other systems, will be powered sufficiently by the solar panels you're considering. Fortunately, most home ACs are fairly easy to power with solar, although larger-scale commercial structures may need additional panels and setup options.

Are You Prepared for Battery Use?

In some cases, you may want to consider using batteries in order to store energy generated from your solar panels and make it available for use when needed. This can involve an additional setup expense, as well as the ongoing cost of maintaining the batteries and replacing them over time. In any case, a battery-powered system may have to be considered alongside your solar panel installation in order to ensure you have adequate power reserves.

Be Sure to Insure Your Setup

Finally, you may want to look into the possibility of insuring your solar panel setup. This can involve getting coverage for any equipment that could be damaged or destroyed due to weather events or other mishaps. In addition, you'll need to ensure that any warranty agreements with the manufacturer are properly in place and up-to-date.

By considering all of the above, you can be sure to get the most out of your solar panel setup and make it a reliable source of power for your AC system and other needs over time. Airtime Heating & Cooling is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have about running an AC on solar power, or on any other HVAC installation or repair needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your system up and running.