Your solar panels provide efficient, clean energy without costing you much beyond the initial setup fee. You’d probably like to keep them functioning well as long as you can, but since they work by simply catching sunlight, how to elongate their lifespan might not be obvious. Below are three tips for making your solar panels last, so try them out and see how your home benefits.
Keep Them Clean
Your panels work better the less obstructed they are, so while you might not want to “disturb” them as they work, cleaning your panels will keep them in good shape. If you can safely reach them, spraying them with a hose and wiping them with a soft cloth is usually enough. Avoid tough soaps and cleansing materials, as they can scratch the panel glass.
If you live somewhere with a lot of dust and debris, or you simply aren’t comfortable trying to clean your panels from where they lay on the roof, hire a service like Southern Cross Cleaning (SA) Pty Ltd to help. They can manage multiple panels in most environments, plus you can avoid falling and other injuries. Cleaning is not everyone’s forte, especially when it comes to risks on the roof, so a professional could easily come in handy.
Stay The Sun
Your panels will naturally produce less energy if they get less sunlight, so it’s tantamount to keep them out of the shade. You’ll lose money if the panels are covered, eliminating some of the power you can buy back from the grid. What’s more is that, depending on the shade amount, you’ll lose an exponential amount of energy output from the panel. Don’t let any blocking materials impede your panels’ work.
Check The Panels
Keeping an eye on your panels like you would any other electronic device is key to lasting output. Check the inverter for operational status, watch for problem alerts, and make sure there isn’t any damage to the actual panels. Call the installers if anything is out of order—most offer a 25-year warranty for a reason. If you’d like, recording your panels’ output regularly can help you keep track of how everything is working.
Solar panels are great for you and the environment, but since they’re quiet machines, regular monitoring is important for having them in the long run. Help them help you, and your panels will produce reliable energy for years to come.