Free. In the world of consumers, “free” isn’t a word often heard. But with today’s solar technology, free is just what Smit’s Solar Heating and Air offers its customers — free electricity, anyway.
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“Ten years ago solar energy was not an affordable option,” said Tim Murphy, president of Smits Solar Heating and Air Inc. “It was just way too expensive. As technology is changing, however, things are different. The cost to go solar has come way down, and it’s worth the return on investment. Ultimately solar panels enable you to get your electricity for free.”
In addition to the financial benefits, solar panels are good for the environment, and there’s a tax incentive for owning them, too.
“There’s a big difference between owning and leasing solar panels,” said Murphy. “Financially it makes a lot more sense to buy. When you buy, you get a tax credit of anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000. Because of this, most people can own their own system within five years. You also significantly increase the resale value of your home. You don’t get those benefits if you lease.”
In the years since it’s become affordable, Smits Solar Heating and Air has been installing photovoltaic (PV) microinverter solar energy systems in businesses and homes throughout the 50 Corridor and beyond. Solar experts at Smits custom design each system for each home and provide customers with “100 percent accurate” numbers about how much money they’ll save before they make a decision. Once the panels have been installed, they require almost no maintenance, and Murphy and the homeowner can easily monitor how much electricity each panel is producing by simply going online.
“I get an email if there’s ever a problem with any of the panels we’ve installed,” said Murphy. “Our own office is run from just a few modules. In the last six months, we’ve generated between 15 to 18 megawatts of power. That’s enough power to power five to 10 households for a year.”
In addition to solar power, Smits Solar Heating and Air also installs, maintains and repairs traditional heating and air conditioning units, as well as indoor air filtration systems. Indoor air quality is critical to health, and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside homes and workplaces is often more polluted than outdoor air — even in the most industrialized cities. Here in El Dorado County, homeowners typically battle dust, pollen, mold and off-gassing from synthetics, but the experts at Smits can help.
“We’re problem solvers. We really listen to our customers. Too often companies supply what they think a person wants or needs without really listening,” said Murphy. “Our goal is to deliver 100 percent satisfaction and go above and beyond our customers’ expectations every time.”
Founded in 1972 by Russ and Jan Smit, Smit’s Solar Heating and Air was originally called Smit’s Sheet Metal. Murphy joined the company in 1978 and soon helped grow the business into a complete, full-service heating, air conditioning and mechanical firm. Today, Smit’s Solar Heating and Air has a database of more than 24,000 satisfied customers and is always looking to help more.
“I like providing solutions. We are a solution provider for energy, efficiency and indoor comfort,” said Murphy. “I have a thick binder full of thank-you notes from customers. They’re always so grateful. It’s very rewarding to know I’m making a positive impact in someone’s life.”
Come check out our solar display at the El Dorado Home and Garden Show, May 3-5, 2013. For more information, you can also visit www.smitssolutions.com or call us toll free at 877-877-9219.