Last updated on August 25, 2023

In recent years, more and more Australians have been turning to solar power for their energy needs. From powering entire homes and businesses to reduce electricity bills, solar is increasingly becoming the top choice for sustainable energy. In this article, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of installing solar powered air conditioning in Australia and how it could potentially reduce your energy bill.

The Pros & Cons of Solar Air Conditioning

Solar powered air conditioning is a great way to reduce your energy bill in Australia. There are a few things you need to consider before making the switch, though. Here are the pros and cons of solar powered air conditioning to help you make an informed decision.

The Pros:

– Solar powered air conditioning can significantly reduce your energy bill.
– It is a more environmentally friendly option than traditional air conditioning units.
– Solar power is a renewable resource, so you can feel good about using it.
– Solar power can also be used to heat your home in the winter, further reducing your energy costs.

 

The Cons:

– The initial cost of solar panels and installation can be expensive.
– You will need to have enough sun exposure to make solar power a viable option for your home.
– Solar power does not work at night or during cloudy days, so you will need backup power options for those times.

 

What is Solar Powered Air Conditioning?

As the cost of electricity rises, many Australians are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. Solar powered air conditioning is one option that can help reduce energy costs.

Solar powered air conditioning works by using solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This energy is then used to power an air conditioner. Solar powered air conditioners can be used to cool a home or office, or to heat a pool or spa.

There are a number of benefits of solar powered air conditioning, including:

Reduced Energy Bills: Solar powered air conditioners can help reduce your energy bill by using free energy from the sun instead of expensive electricity.

Solar powered air conditioners can help reduce your energy bill by using free energy from the sun instead of expensive electricity. Environmentally Friendly: Solar power is a clean and renewable source of energy, so using solar powered air conditioning can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Solar power is a clean and renewable source of energy, so using solar powered air conditioning can help reduce your carbon footprint. Reduced Noise Pollution: Solar powered air conditioners don’t use compressors or fans, so they create very little noise pollution.

However, there are also some drawbacks to solar powered air conditioning, such as:

 

Can I connect my air conditioner up to any solar panel source?

No, you can’t. Solar air conditioning is a specific type of air conditioning that uses solar panels to power the compressor and other components. The solar panels need to be sized correctly for the specific unit in order to work properly.

Which means when you’re consulted by our specialist installers, we’ll advise you of the hardware you require. We supply and install the entire solution.

 

What is the average cost of installing and purchasing a solar air conditioning unit?

The average cost of installing and purchasing a solar air conditioning unit can vary greatly depending on the size and type of unit you choose. Solar air conditioning units can range in price from around $1,500 to $5,000. The most expensive units will be those that are able to heat and cool your home, while the cheaper units will only be able to do one or the other. There are many factors to consider when choosing a solar air conditioning unit, such as Hunter Valley’s climate and the size of your home. If you live in an area with a lot of sun, such as Queensland, then you may want to consider a unit that is able to take advantage of this free source of energy. However, if you live in an area with very little sun, then a less expensive unit may be all you need. The size of your home will also play a role in determining which solar air conditioning unit is right for you. Smaller homes will require smaller units, while larger homes may need multiple units to keep everyone comfortable.

 

Do Solar Air Conditioning Units Require Servicing? How Often?

Solar air conditioning units are increasingly becoming a popular choice for Australians, given the country’s sunny climate. Solar AC systems use the sun’s thermal energy to power the compressor and fans, which helps to cool the air inside your home.

While solar AC units don’t require as much maintenance as traditional air conditioners, they still need to be serviced on a regular basis to ensure they continue to operate efficiently. Most solar AC manufacturers recommend that their units be serviced at least once a year by a qualified technician. This service should include an inspection of all electrical connections, a clean of the unit’s filters, and a check of the Freon levels at a minimum.

 

Conclusion – What are the typical savings if buying a solar air conditioner

The average home uses about 9,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. If you were to install a 5-kilowatt (kW) solar air conditioner, it would offset about 45% of your annual energy use. This could save you around $1,350 per year on your electric bill.

Of course, these numbers will vary depending on where you live and how much sunlight your system gets. In some cases, the savings may be even higher. Solar air conditioners are most effective in areas with high temperatures and lots of sun exposure.

There’s a solid reason that more and more Australians are installing solar air conditioners. If you’re in the Hunter Valley, reach out. Our team of specialist technicians at Coalfields Climate Control are here to help.

Posted onFebruary 16, 2023

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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