Solar Solutions: Solar is the Most Reliable and Sustainable Form of Energy Production

Quality Commercial and Residential Solar Panels Residential and commercial solar panels are becoming the most reliable, sustainable, and economical form of energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, individuals and governments are finally being forced to pursue alternative energy production solutions. The solar solution has taken hold, in the last decade the solar industry has had a compound annual growth rate of nearly 60% – and still rising. 

On a basic level, solar power is so reliable because it comes from the sun – an endless supply of energy that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Even when there is a black out on the grid from weather or an utility company mishap, solar-powered homes and businesses will still be able to have electricity.

Solar power is also the most reliable from a financial standpoint considering the continuous rise of utility costs and the decreasing amount of fossil fuels available. Having a solar powered home or business relieves the financial obligation of keeping up with fluctuating utility costs. Solar users can see a full return on investment in as little as 3 years from utility cost savings alone.

The demand for renewable energy will continue to growth rapidly, and now is the time to join the solar movement while there are so many federal and state incentives, rebates, and financing (HERO) options available.
With the rapid growth of the solar industry, SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and the government are at work to optimize the sustainability of solar PV panels through the manufacturing practices, technological advances, and recycling of the panels.

Solar panels are highly sustainable, especially compared to the process of energy production with fossil fuels. The majority of solar panels are warranted for 25 years or more, giving home and business owners peace of mind when it comes to their investment. EU Energy Institute found that 90 percent of solar panels last for
30 years or longer. Even the world’s first modern solar panel is working after 60 years.

Not only do solar panels have a long life span, they are also very durable products. Their robust nature allows the panels to withstand almost any element Mother Nature can through at them – from bird droppings to hail. Solar panels are generally maintenance free, and are ‘cleaned’ naturally every time it rains.

The sustainability and reliability optimization of solar energy is also being accomplished with the solar market itself to insure it’s continued growth. This will be achieved through feasible supply-chain, workers rights, progressive environmental legislation, and staying green with the manufacturing and production of solar panels.

Sustainable Residential and Commercial Solar Panels The Solar Experts at Action Air are here to guide to your Solar Solution. We are here to help you find the best solution for your home and budget – and our certified technicians are guaranteed to efficiently install your new solar panel PV system. We will provide a free consultation including a quote. Contact us and become apart of the Solar Movement today!
Source: GTM research and SEIA

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Southwest Heat

Summer is approaching! Here are some tips from our team at Action Air to help prepare you for the Southwest heat.

1. Get an AC Tune Up

It’s important to get your AC serviced before the southwest heat hits – an overwhelming amount of home and commercial building owners don’t realize their HVAC system needs to be repaired until it breaks down. Preventative Maintenance is the best way to prevent this from happening to you during the months when you need your AC the most. For the small cost of a tune-up, it can save you big in the long run.

Action Air FACT: 90% OF ALL FURNACE & AIR CONDITIONING BREAKDOWNS ARE DUE TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE

Schedule an AC Tune Up or become a member of Action Air Rewards Club and enjoy the benefits of our Precision Tune Up Program!

 

2. Stock Up on HVAC Air Filters

It’s important to check and replace your air filter regularly, especially during the months when your AC in constantly running. A clean air filter is essential healthy indoor air quality. Timely replacement of your air filter will prevent expensive repairs, improve indoor air quality, increase HVAC lifespan, and keep your system running smoothly.

 

3. Get an Energy Audit

SDG&E and other California utility companies offer great rebates for energy audits and preventative maintenance. Getting a full diagnostic report of your HVAC will help you decide if now is the right time to upgrade your system, or what repairs are necessary to prevent costly utility bills and keep your home comfortable.

 

4. Purchase a Humidifier

The summer heat in the southwest is notoriously dry, and the best way to keep a secure amount of moisture in your home is to get a humidifier. Putting moisture back into your home’s air has proven to decrease risk of infections, improve sinuses, help your body heal faster, improve sleep and even keep your houseplants healthier!

 

5. Switch to Solar

With the sun’s rays strongest in the summer, spring is a great time to get your solar PV panels installed and start getting the most from your renewable energy source. It is also an ideal time to receive maximum tax rebates (30%) and financing for owners. The solar movement is on the rise with the great incentives in place and it’s many benefits:

Become apart of the solar movement and call the Solar Experts at Action Air (800-400-4152) or contact us online to schedule your commercial or residential solar installation!

US Locations That Are Best For Going Solar

As a homeowner with solar, or considering going solar, you most likely recognize the importance of clean energy how beneficial it is for the environment, the economy, and homeowners alike.

Although solar panels can essentially be utilized in any location where the sun shines, there are certain climates that are ideal for harnessing solar power. In addition to federal tax incentives, certain states offer even more incentives to go solar through rebates, funding, and tax breaks.

Solar capacity and state incentives are the two of the most important factors when evaluating which US locations are best for solar panels. The following information seeks to advise you on the US locations that benefit most from a photovoltaic panel system.

In general, areas closer to the equator have far greater potential for producing solar electricity than areas closer to the poles, and areas with consistent sun have greater solar potential then areas that are frequently overcast. Since there are few clouds in the desert and plenty of sunshine, making Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Southern California some of the best states for solar energy production. Hawaii and Florida also have the potential to make solar the biggest energy source. All these states’ climates are uniquely suited to take on solar as the main source of renewable energy. Unfortunately, some of these states are lacking the RPS, or renewable portfolio standard, to make this a real possibility. Having a RPS in place requires that a certain percentage of all energy produced is renewable. An RPS is the best way to motivate utility companies and homeowners to go solar. Florida, for example, has no RPS in place but is one of the states that has the greatest potential for renewable energy.

Unlike Florida, other states with the greatest solar capacity such as California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas have a RPS in place and are taking advantage of the opportunity to make solar power the main source of renewable energy.

Solar capacity is important in terms of the amount of energy that can be produced from photovoltaic panels, however, ‘going solar’ is still an attractive option for locations that receive less solar irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground). Surprisingly, states without high solar capacity have proven to be the most committed to solar energy through their respective legislation. For example, New York legislation leads the nation in the best rebates and tax breaks for residential solar. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Vermont are following New York’s lead and also offer brilliant incentives for homeowners to go solar.

As a whole, the United States has terrific solar resources, geographically and financially. Call Action Air today to take advantage of Southern California’s high solar capacity, tax incentives, and financing options!

Six Reasons Why The Sun Won’t Set On Solar

Does the fate of rooftop solar hang in the balance as recent news reports have led consumers to believe?

Absolutely not. Solar is growing and will continue to grow even if changes to the incentive program are made.

Everyone understands that switching to solar is the only way to ensure future generations will inherit a healthy planet. What is less commonly understood is that investing in solar will remain the financially smart decision as well as the environmentally sound one. Long term cost savings remain a certainty, regardless of whether incentives are adjusted with the sunset of the Net Energy Metering program.

Here are six reasons why going solar still makes 100 percent good sense.

  1. Solar is a home investment that retains its value. The amount you spend on solar is the amount of value you add to your property. This has a multiplying effect on your money because you reduce your electrical bill and you increase the value of your home. Plus, home solar systems are highly durable. Unlike other home improvements that begin losing value as soon as they are made, solar retains its worth. In the San Diego and San Marcos area, Action Air is the choice for solar installation.
  2. Doing the right thing for the environment is the right thing to do. The sun offers an endless supply of clean energy that’s ripe for the taking. And in sunny San Diego, there’s plenty of it. Burning coal for electricity, on the other hand, plagues the atmosphere with pollutants and puts humans on the fast track toward extinction. Power plants are the United States’ single largest source of air pollution, accounting for 40 percent of our national carbon footprint.
  3. Solar will save you money every month. In the coming year, terms could change for net energy metering, the program through which solar customers are paid retail electrical rates for the energy they produce to be resold by San Diego Gas & Electric. Though new terms for payment of extra electricity production haven’t been inked, solar customers will continue to enjoy a hefty savings on their electrical bills.
  4. The future lies in solar. In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law mandating the state to produce 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. With an ambitious plan like that in place, local, county and state governments have no other option but to support solar. People who invest in solar now will be ahead of the curve and ready to receive any future incentives driven by the new law.
  5. Fossil fuel costs are volatile; solar is stable. The cost of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas are prone to substantial price swings. The price of coal, for example, shot up in 2007 and 2008. Solar electrical systems, in contrast, require an upfront cost, but operate on free fuel once installed. Action Air offers free consultations for rooftop solar systems, and prides itself on connecting customers to cost-friendly solutions.
  6. Solar electricity is drought friendly. Coal, natural gas and nuclear power depend on large amounts of water for cooling. Limited water availability during a severe drought or heat wave can impair electricity generation or affect its price. Solar photovoltaic systems require no water and they can help reduce impacts of water scarcity.

Thousands of homeowners are already enjoying the benefits of clean, affordable solar energy from Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar. Don’t you want to be next? Submit your contact information for a FREE QUOTE online or call our solar experts today at 800-400-4152.
About: Action Air Founded in 1975, is a leading air conditioning, heating, and solar provider and service company. Owned and operated in San Marcos, CA and is dedicated to helping customers ‘get comfortable’ and reduce their net facility energy costs. With over 40 years of experience, Action Air specializes in educating home owners and commercial operations how to maximize their environmental comfort with HVAC and solar.

Go Solar! How Hero Financing Can Help You Transition Into Solar Energy for Your Home

HERO can be vastly more beneficial than traditional consumer financing. Not only is HERO Solar Financing primarily based on the equity a property owner has, it also does not base decisions on household income or FICO scores.

Eligible coverage under the Hero Financing Program includes both equipment AND installation costs. Hero does not require upfront cost and offers low fixed rate loans for up to 20 years!

Going solar can reduce or eliminate your electric bill all together, saving you the big bucks in the long term. Additionally, financing through HERO requires no upfront costs.

The benefits of going solar:

  1. No out of pocket cost
  2. Low interest fixed loans for 5, 10, 15 & 20 years
  3. Cuts or often eliminates electricity bill
  4. Increases the value of your home
  5. Protects the environment

Installing a solar panel system to your home is a big investment – Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can make sure that financing your solar upgrade or installation is easy and affordable.

Contact Action Air, Heating & Solar today to see how HERO financing can help you go solar!

Top 3 Trending Solar Panel Designs

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Here are the Top 3 Trending Solar Panel Designs and What You Need To Know When Switching to Solar Energy.

If you are considering joining the millions of homeowners who are reducing or eliminating their electric bill, improving energy home efficiency, saving money and the environment, while increasing the value to their homes, there has never been a better time to go solar. Check out the top 3 trending solar designs to help you decide which solar system is right for you and your home.

 

Passive Solar Design: passive solar design - action air

Passive design is practiced throughout the world and has been shown to produce homes with low energy costs, reduced maintenance, and offer superior comfort.

Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of it takes advantage of natural energy characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun. Passive systems are simple, have few moving parts, and require minimal maintenance and require no mechanical systems.

There are three approaches to passive systems – direct gain, indirect gain, and isolated gain. The goal of all passive solar heating systems is to capture the sun’s heat within the building’s elements and release that heat during periods when the sun is not shining. At the same time that the building’s elements (or materials) is absorbing heat for later use, solar heat is available for keeping the space comfortable (not overheated).

Active solar power systems are the type that you see on most houses. They consist of flat plate solar panels that sit on the roof, and other equipment, like an inverter, that actively enhance the process of turning heat into energy. Passive solar design, on the other hand, means using your structure in and of itself as a way to convert solar heat into energy, often with solar panels as supplemental solar collectors.

Passive designs work for off-grid heat supply because the building materials that you use and how you install them are what determine how much sunlight can be converted into energy and therefore heat for your home or hot water. The type of collector, or panel, that this calls for is not roof-mounted. It can therefore be much less conspicuous in your home’s aesthetic.

 

Frameless Solar Panels:Frameless Solar Panels - Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar

Frameless solar panels usually have glass on both the front and back, making them less flammable than the regular models, which have a polymeric sheeting on the back. The lack of a metal frame also provides less of an electrocution hazard to installers. Some regular models have problems with electrical current leaking out through the frame—because of this, frameless models are often more efficient. They are less clunky and tend to blend into the home’s design a little more seamlessly.

The most notable benefit is no need for grounding. Frameless modules are also great for those worried about potential induced degradation (PID). Electrical current can’t leak out of a frame that isn’t there, so modules are more efficient. If it’s a dual-glass module, it has a stronger fire safety rating because there’s no back-sheet. Frameless modules also provide a unique aesthetic value for customers who want to blend their solar systems into roofs.

 

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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are solar panels designed to replicate and take the place of building materials. You could cover your entire roof in PV cells designed to look like shingles, or you could have solar windows. There are so many design options for BIPVs that will match the look of your home. When it comes to the cost, you’re replacing certain conventional materials with the PV cells, which means only paying for the cells.

Building-integrated PVs are less conspicuous than their traditional counterparts. Solar shingles and windows are a perfect example of building-integrated solar design. These often cover an entire facade of a building or an entire roof area for continuity. Unfortunately, this type of technology is more costly and less efficient than conventional photovoltaics—but for structures whose design is an important aspect of its function, BIPVs can be an eye-pleasing step in the right direction.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer][vc_cta h2=”Get Your FREE Solar Quote Now!” add_button=”right” btn_title=”Get FREE Solar Quote ” btn_style=”classic” btn_color=”primary” btn_i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” css_animation=”appear” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.actionac.net%2Fsolar-energy%2Fsan-diego-solar-company||” btn_add_icon=”true”]Are you ready to go solar? Now is the time to act! Get your residential solar panels installed before the end of the year to get tax credits and rebates back for 2016. Contact our solar experts today for your FREE solar quote and start saving.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Get Energy Efficiency Upgrades through CaliforniaFIRST Financing!

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What you need to know about CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing and how to use it for home solar installations and HVAC energy upgrades.

In the harsh environment that is a long-term drought in the Southwest, CaliforniaFIRST offers upfront financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water saving improvements to your home or business.

How Does CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency Financing Work?

CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing provides 100% Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for home energy and water saving upgrades for your home. The program offers affordable long-term financing that property owners repay on their property tax bill. Owners can finance up to 15% of their home’s value with flexible repayment terms of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years. With this kind of financing program you should be able to focus on the best parts of your home instead of worrying how to pay for efficient upgrades.

How Do I Apply For CaliforniaFIRST Financing?

The application process is simple – you can apply directly online or talk to a representative on the phone. The application takes minutes for approval and once approved you will get upfront money to start your upgrades immediately with your choice of CaliforniaFIRST registered contractors, like Action Air. Once you have the work completed, you simply repay the financed costs on your property tax bill.

There are a variety of financing options available for home energy upgrades. Action Air is also a registered HERO financing contractor. Contact our experts to learn more about home solar installations or HVAC energy upgrades.

Why Should I Invest in Solar or HVAC Energy Efficiency Upgrades?

Doing energy efficient upgrades can add value to your property, as well as increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home. Installing energy efficient HVAC systems, newer efficient water heaters or solar panels can lower your monthly utility bills. Drought resistant landscaping can also alleviate monthly water costs and beautify your property all while contributing positively to the state’s water crisis. All of these upgrades can be financed through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Can I Take My Solar Panels With Me When I Move? | Solar San Diego

Although not a question we get very often, we occasionally have people ask what happens to their solar panels if they decide to move. Some people wonder whether they can take their solar panels with them when they move. Technically, the answer to this question is yes, but the better question is  actually “should I take my panels with me if I move?”

Solar panels require a considerable investment to install. Much of the cost for solar electric systems comes in the form of labor to install the panels. Paying for labor to remove the panels and then again to have them re-installed at your new home can significantly reduce or even nullify the gains investing in solar would yield.

Solar Panels Improve Home Value

Installing solar on your home can have a considerable impact on your home’s value. Studies have shown that homes with solar not only sell for more, they sell faster. Removing the panels from your home would actually be counter-intuitive because you can realize a higher resale value, which you can then use to re-install new panels on your home.

Although there haven’t been significant leaps in solar technology, newer panels are likely to be more efficient than your older panels and installation costs have dropped considerably in the last few years (by more than 60 percent in some areas in fact), so you will likely come out ahead financially by simply leaving the panels on your current home and buying new.

What to Do If You Want to Take Your Solar Panels With You

If we haven’t convinced you otherwise and you still want to take your solar panels with you, be sure to hire a qualified electrician or builder who is certified to perform solar panel removal. The panels will need to be removed in a manner that will not damage them and properly packed for transit. If your panels are damaged during transit after they have been removed from your home, they will not be covered by manufacturer warranty, leading to additional expense to have your system re-installed on your new home.

What If I Lease Panels?

Although we do not provide solar leasing programs,  some homeowners do choose to lease solar panels. Policies for what happens with your solar panels if you move while under a leasing agreement varies by provider. Please check with your provider to learn more about their specific policy.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar San Diego installations and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Will Solar Increase My Property’s Value?

Trusted Solar Panel Installation in San Diego, CA Many homeowners often worry that solar panels will not increase their property value—or worse—will make it decline. Numerous studies on the impact of solar panels on property values have determined that this is not the case, however.

How Much Will Solar Panels Improve My Property Value?

A recent study by Wells Fargo Bank and the Journal of Appraisers stated that adding a residential solar electric system adds value at a rate of 20-to-1 of the savings in utility savings. This increases the value of a home by 3-4 percent.

Other studies have shown property values can actually increase even more! The impact on property values can vary considerably by the part of the country you live in. In our area, Southern California, homes with solar and energy efficiency upgrades are highly sought after and command a premium on the home market. In addition to being worth more than comparable homes without solar electric systems, they sell faster!

In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar power sold faster than to the equivalent of homes without.

Can I Calculate How Much Solar Panels Will Increase my Property Value?

Absolutely. There are a number of great, free, tools available online that allow you to quickly and easily calculate potential property value increases from installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home.

We like http://pvvalue.com. This website is run by Sandia National Laboratories, a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Simply register to download their PV Value tool in excel form and fill in the necessary information to determine the impact a solar electric system may have on your property values.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Highest Quality Solar Panels in San Diego, CA If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or contact us on the web. Our solar experts can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Do I Need to Adapt My Home Or Business to Run on Solar?

Using Solar Power in San Diego This is a question that we are commonly asked. Many people think they may need to upgrade the appliances or electrical devices in their home if they install solar, but you do not.

The confusion often arises because people read that solar power is produced in direct current (or DC current), but the appliances in a standard North American home run on alternating current (or AC current). To overcome this difference, installed with every residential or commercial solar installation is an inverter system that converts DC current to AC current.

Why Does Energy Produced From Solar Need to Be Converted to AC Power?

There are two main reasons why DC power from solar panels must be converted to AC format. First, as we mentioned earlier, the appliances and electrical devices in your home are designed to run on alternating current.

Secondly, the majority of solar installations are grid connected. Homes and business with solar pull DC current electricity from the grid when their solar arrays are not producing enough power and when they are producing more than they’re using, they send power back out onto the grid. Any current sent onto the grid must be in the same AC format that conventional electricity is transmitted in.

Will I Experience Any Differences At All Once I Go Solar?

No! Everything will continue to work as normal in your home. The only change you’ll notice is the big change in your electricity bill!

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Reliable Solar Contractors in San Diego If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Don’t miss out on your chance to het $0 down financing and 2015 Tax Rebates before the end of the year. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar to get started today!