Many homes in California rely on solar panels to help power appliances, run their furnace, and more. Solar panels are an energy-efficient way to keep your home comfortable and limit the amount of money you spend on energy bills in your lifetime. You need to maintain your solar panels after they are installed. Homeowners or businesses can not just forget about them and hope they improve their energy bills. Panels need to be cleaned and properly maintained in order to provide you with energy. When working to maintain your solar panels, cleaning, and preventative factors are the best place to start. Here are some tips to maintain your solar panels and have them perform at their best.
1- Trim Overhanging Trees
There are multiple reasons to trim your trees when you have solar panels on your roof. Tree limbs can call and cause scratches to the panels and overhanging branches that cause sad will limit the amount of sunlight that the solar panels can convert into energy. This can cause the solar panels to weaken and affect how your home functions. If you want to maintain your solar panels and keep them working efficiently, perform regular tree trimmings.
2- Install Netting To Keep Birds Away
In order to maintain your solar panels, you will need to keep bugs and birds off of them. This can be difficult when solar panels are one of the most popular places for these creatures to land. Sierra Vista Maintenance offers bird netting that can be installed over your solar panels to prevent birds from building nests on or around your panels.
This netting will not prevent bird droppings or other build-up from getting on the panels though, so scheduling a cleaning is the only way to keep build-up to a minimum.
3- Clean The Solar Panels Annually
Solar panel cleaning is the best way to make sure your solar panels stay under warranty and help power your home for the longest time possible. Our experts with Sierra Vista Maintenance use the proper cleaning equipment to avoid scratching the panels as well as nonabrasive cleaners. If you want to get the best solar panel cleaning possible, you should call a professional.
Not cleaning your solar panels could lead to replacement, but cleaning them improperly can also cause the same issue. Maintain your solar panels with proper cleaning solutions or by leaving this task to a residential cleaning company.
4- Keep Track Of Their Energy Output
There are monitoring systems that exist to help track the amount of energy that your panels are producing. Many of these systems track how much sunlight is being collected and will help you notice when drops in performance occur. These times can be indicators that your panels should be cleaned or inspected.
Monitoring systems can also help homeowners or business owners see how they are affecting the environment. These systems will show how much CO2 you are emitting into the atmosphere or how much money you have saved by implementing solar energy in your home. Keeping track of energy usage and production will help maintain your solar panels by preventing them from being overworked for too long.
5- Prepare For Harsh Weather
Your roof is constantly exposed to a variety of weather conditions which could cause damage to your solar panels. Preparing your home for harsh weather could save you money to maintain your solar panels. Reinforce connections, trimming overhanging trees, shutting down the panels for a short time, and storing tracking devices in a safe spot are all ways to protect your solar panel system.
If you did not prepare your solar panels before a storm, the best way to maintain your solar panel is to schedule an inspection as soon as possible after the storm. Having inspections after a large rain storm, hail storm, or natural disaster will help get your solar panels back to their fully functioning order.
How Our Experts Maintain Your Solar Panels
No matter where your solar panels are located, they can become coated in dirt and other debris. Our team at Sierra Vista Maintenance can help cut through the grime without causing more damage to the panels. Dirty solar panels can cost you money, so scheduling cleanings is worth the investment if you want to keep your home energy efficient.
Sierra Vista Maintenance uses proper cleaning brushes and nonabrasive cleaners to remove build-up without damaging your solar panels. Maintain your solar panels by leaving this dangerous and time-consuming task to the professionals. Proper cleaning can prevent the need for future repairs and save you money over time. Contact us to get your estimate today!