Using solar power to run your air conditioner is a great way to save on summer electricity bills. Plus, installing solar panels at your Beverly, Framingham, or Plymouth area home will help reduce the strain on the electric grid, leading to more reliable electricity for everyone here in Massachusetts.
Here’s everything you need to know about powering your heat pump, window AC unit, or central air conditioner with solar.
How Does Solar Help Cut Air Conditioning Costs?
Solar panels work by capturing energy from the sun and converting it into electricity. The electricity that your solar panels generate can be used to power any electrical device or appliance in your home, including your air conditioning system, for free.
This means you won’t have to buy electricity from the grid to keep your AC running as long as your solar panels are generating enough energy to cover your usage.
It is important to understand, however, that solar panels only work when there is sunlight available. This means you won’t be able to generate enough power to run your air conditioner at night, and on cloudy days when your solar production is reduced (but not eliminated).
Battery storage can help you overcome this obstacle. In a solar plus battery storage system, the surplus electricity that’s generated during peak sunlight hours is used to charge the batteries, creating a backup power source. Once charged, your solar batteries can be used to power key appliances, like your air conditioning, at night, on a cloudy day, or during a power outage.
You can also be eligible for solar incentive programs, like net metering and SMART, which can help offset the cost of any grid-generated electricity you use. Boston Solar is well versed in local solar incentives and can handle the entire application process for you, making it easy to get paid for using solar energy.
Running Your Air Conditioner With Solar Power: Customization Is Key
Solar arrays are not one size fits all, and your solar energy system needs to be sized correctly if you want it to cover most or all of your energy usage. If your air conditioner’s energy consumption isn’t taken into account during the design process, your system may not be able to generate enough electricity to power it.
At Boston Solar, we install custom solar energy systems that are designed to meet your specific energy needs. Our specialized team will analyze your home’s energy usage, including your air conditioner’s energy consumption, and design a system that has enough solar panels and batteries to cover your needs. We can also help prepare you for the future by designing a solar system that can be expanded to accommodate changing energy needs.
Boston Solar is the #1 Massachusetts-based solar installer, and we’re a 100% locally owned and operated company. Reach out today to learn more about going solar in Massachusetts. We’d love to answer your questions and help you get started on your solar journey.
Go solar and watch the sun set on outrageous air conditioning costs. Call Boston Solar at 617-858-1645 or contact us here to schedule a free consultation.