Of course, it can! Solar panels are perfectly capable of powering your air conditioner during the summer months, just as they can power all of the other items in your home. Since you’ll likely use more electricity to stay cool, you may notice an increase in your home’s energy needs. So as you prepare for the peak summer months, it might be a good time to consider how much energy will be used by your air conditioner and how much you can compensate for that usage in other areas of your home.
Check How Much Electricity Your Air Conditioner Uses
First and foremost, you’ll need to calculate the amount of electricity that your air conditioner needs to run during the hours you plan to use it. You can find that information displayed on your air conditioner. To calculate its hourly needs, multiply the number of watts listed on your AC by the number of hours you’ll be running it. Once you have that number, you can divide it by 1,000, and that will give you the number of kilowatt-hours your air conditioner needs.
Compare Your Air Conditioner Electricity Usage To Solar Panel Energy Production
Depending on the size of your solar array, the amount of energy that your solar panels produce will vary. Your solar array would have been installed to meet your home’s energy goals, which would have been calculated by your solar consultant. It’s likely that you will see ample solar energy production feeding your home that will help you stay cool.
However, there might be days when your solar panels don’t produce at peak levels for one reason or another. If your solar array isn’t producing enough energy to power your air conditioner and your home at any one time, don’t worry, you have the grid or battery backup as options to cover your needs. Beyond that, there are a few steps you can take to potentially lessen the amount of energy you’ll need to run your home.
How To Reduce Your Energy Needs This Summer
If you want to maximize your summer solar panel energy, there are a couple of steps you can take:
- Consider using a fan to supplement your air conditioner. This way you can place less of a load on your AC and reduce the amount of energy it needs to keep your home comfortable.
- Potentially reduce your home’s energy needs by installing energy efficiency products throughout your home. POWERHOME SOLAR’s SMARTPWR360OTM package can serve this purpose by potentially reducing your home’s current energy consumption by up to 25%.4
- Remember to turn off your AC when you aren’t at home. There’s no reason to expend energy on cooling your home when you aren’t there. Instead, you can use an eco-friendly setting on your Nest thermostat or simply turn up your thermostat temperature a few degrees.
Stay Cool With Solar Energy This Summer
Your solar panel system is designed to meet all of your energy needs, including running your air conditioner all summer long! Don’t miss out on summer energy savings. You can contact our solar experts to get a free quote for a solar system that will keep your home powered year-round.