If you’ve made the jump to solar panels, you’re undoubtedly wondering what type of maintenance is necessary. Solar panels are incredibly low-maintenance -in fact, most of the time, all you’ll need to do is keep them clean!
In this blog post, TruShield Solar will discuss everything you need to know about solar panel maintenance, from cleaning your panels to keeping track of their production.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Solar Panels.
Solar panels are typically installed in high places where they are protected from damage and ground-level debris. However, it’s a good sensible idea to inspect the panels for pollen or tree material from time to time to ensure you’re not losing power. In addition, the same dirt on your windows can ultimately find its way to your solar panels, so inspecting them is good.
2. Clean Your Solar Panels:
If your solar panels are at a 15-degree angle, you’re in luck: rain will wash away any grime or debris that has gathered on them. However, it is necessary to clean them during the dry season or long periods without rain.
It is suggested that you clean your solar panels two to four times every year. While this may be a significant amount of work, it is not. With simply a leaf blower or a simple spray from a garden hose, your panels will be clean and in good shape.
The major thing to watch is any possibility of scratching the glass, as this might restrict the amount of light reaching the solar cells. As a result, while selecting solar panel cleaning solutions, avoid using any form of abrasive cleanser.
Rubbing alcohol diluted in water can take care of any greasy spot on the glass. When wiping off your panels, you should use a soft cloth or a squeegee. As glass is the primary material of solar panels, you won’t need to buy specific solar panel maintenance or cleaning gear.
3. Monitor The Position Of The Solar Panel:
Solar panels have to be in the sun for as long as possible to retain optimal efficiency. A professional solar panel installer such as TruShield Solar will position the solar panel in an area that receives the most sunlight. However, trees may grow, and light and shadow patterns can vary.
A new building on the neighboring property may also affect the amount of sunlight reaching your installation. That is why it is crucial to involve experts for the best position for your solar panel.
4. Check Energy Generation Levels:
Heat, strangely, is the most typical sort of weather that affects panels. When temperatures rise over 77°F (25°C), panels lose around 1% of their efficiency.
Raising your solar panel a couple of inches off the ground or roof, on the other hand, allows for air circulation, which can regulate the panel’s temperature & protect from heat damage – that can affect panel output.
Solar panel performance in hot weather isn’t something to be concerned about; our solar panel installer will consider local climatic considerations while installing panels.
Are you thinking about installing solar panels on your home? Contact TruShield Solar, serving Lancaster, SC, today at 800.572.7705 for a free consultation to learn more about solar panel care or how a new solar installation may save you money and assist the environment.