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Does Installing Solar Air Conditioning Make Sense for Homes in DFW? 4/20/2022

A free and endless source of energy, sunlight is available. Solar energy does not pollute the environment or generate dangerous waste. Solar-powered air conditioning makes sense because the sun is often the most intense when the temperature is most. At this time of year, air conditioning is most in demand! You can lower your heating and cooling bills by half if you switch to solar energy.

In air conditioning, solar air conditioning refers to any cooling system that draws energy from the sun, which is commonly provided by photovoltaic (PV) cells integrated into solar panels. Even though solar energy has been available for a long time, many items are currently in their fourth (or later) generation. It is possible to purchase them for both personal and business use. Here are just a few examples of the various types of solar air conditioners available by air conditioner installation & maintenance service in Dallas:

Off-grid: Units entirely powered by solar energy operate on direct current (DC). Solar-powered window air-conditioning units are an example of this type of technology. They function only on direct current (DC) power (provided by solar panels), with an external backup battery. The battery is necessary so that the unit may continue to operate even when the sun is not shining, such as at night or during cloudy weather. Even though a window unit is pricey, it may be used ultimately "off-grid," which means no energy expenditures are associated with its operation.

Integrated Hybrid Systems: Integrated hybrid systems use solar energy when it is available and average electricity (alternating current) when required, and they do not need batteries. During the day, solar power generates 90 percent of the electricity required for the system. During the night, it switches over to ordinary power from the grid. Room-sized/area-sized units, such as a mini-split, or whole-house units, such as a hybrid heat pump, are examples. Hybrid systems have the advantage of supplying heat throughout the winter, which is a significant benefit.

Solar-Ready Systems: These are central air-conditioning units constructed in the same way as "conventional" central air-conditioning units, except that they operate on 220V alternating current power, with a portion of the electricity used to control them coming from solar panels. The greater the number of solar panels you install (from one to sixteen), the more money you can save on electricity expenditures. Begin with a small scale and gradually increase the size of the system by including other appliances, such as the home's water heater, to create a complete energy system.

There are various benefits of using solar energy.
  • Solar air conditioners operate at a lower noise level than standard systems. One advantage of DC-powered systems is that they are so quiet that you can walk right up to them and not even notice they are on. Hybrid mini-splits are an example of this.
  • Solar energy systems have a longer life span. The vast majority come with at least a 10-year warranty (with some parts having more extended warranties). At the same time, some manufacturers provide performance warranties of up to 25 years on their products.
  • Compared to typical HVAC units with seasonal energy efficiency ratios or SEER values in the 14-16 range, most hybrid or solar-ready units have SEER values in the 21-26 range.
  • Typically, solar energy systems are Energy Star certified, extremely efficient, and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, they employ the new R-410A coolant, which is more eco-friendly than the previous R-410.