Find Out the Ways Solar Power Works to Help Your HVAC System

If you’re wondering how solar power works and how it might help keep your home comfortable and efficient, reliable information abounds. Electromagnetic energy produced by the sun can be converted into electrical energy that helps power your home, including your cooling and heating systems. Potential energy available from the sun is not a negligible power source. Consider that the total solar energy reaching the earth in just 90 minutes is theoretically enough to supply all power requirements for the whole planet for an entire year if effectively captured and efficiently converted to electricity.

Here are some of the facts about how solar power works and how it may be applied to your HVAC system to reduce costs while keeping your home reliably comfortable.

  • Catching the rays. Most home solar systems utilize photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof to capture and convert solar energy to electrical power. The type and efficiency of PV panels, as well as the available roof space for installation, affects power available from the system. Other factors include the average daily hours of sunlight exposure and the orientation of the roof to the sun.
  • Powering the home. In daylight hours, how solar power works may provide enough electricity to power the home, including HVAC systems. In some cases, the system may produce a surplus of electricity, allowing the resident to divert power back into the local grid. Credits provided by the utility for this surplus can help offset the costs of electricity utilized at night when panels do not produce power.
  • Dedicated solar HVAC. Certain major HVAC manufacturers (including Lennox) produce highly efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps designed to operate in conjunction with home solar. The Lennox Sunsource system utilizes panel modules specifically dedicated to power an AC or heat pump. The cooling and heating units, in turn, are engineered and installed “solar-ready” to connect to the panels. Utilizing this system may cut your monthly costs of heating and cooling by as much as 50%.

Contact Paitson Bros., serving the Wabash Valley since 1922, for more information about how solar power works to lower HVAC costs.

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