Solar panels are undoubtedly a big investment into your home and future. While they are largely maintenance free (as they don’t have any moving parts) they still require some attention to ensure they are working at their peak efficiency. Read on for a few tips from Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning on how to properly care and maintain for your solar panels.
Keeping your solar panels clean will ensure they are able to absorb collect as much energy as possible. Clear away any dust, dirt, pollen, or other debri. Regular rainfall will usually take care of this cleaning for you, but if you haven’t gotten a good rain in a while, it’s best to step in! Clean your panels with regular water – a hose usually does the trick. The important thing to keep in mind here is to not scratch the glass, as this can affect the amount of light that is absorbed. Avoid abrasive cleaners that could harm your panels. To remove stuck on dirt or oil, try a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water.
Inspect Panels and Frames for Wear and Tear
Over time your solar panels will experience regular wear and tear from the elements. Once a year, it’s a good idea to inspect your panels, wiring, and frames to ensure everything is working as it should be. You’ll want to check for loose wiring, signs of water damage, and corrosion. The hope is that by regularly inspecting your panels, you can catch any issue before it has a chance to cause major damage. If you think your panels are in need of some repair, call your solar provider and they can send out a qualified technician.
Check Shade Levels
As trees grow, new buildings pop up around you, and sun patterns change, it’s important to make sure your solar panel placement is still correct. Your panels need to be placed in a spot where they will receive the maximum amount of sunlight to make sure you’re getting the maximum amount of energy! If you notice that your panels aren’t getting as much sun as they used to, it might be time to call your solar provider.
Your solar panels, if properly cared for, will offer you energy savings for years to come. If you have questions about your solar panel care, or are interested in purchasing a solar energy system, contact the team at Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning! Our experts will help you decide if solar is right for you!