5 Things to Know Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

Solar panels have a lot of advantages. Still, it is a significant first-time investment, and numerous factors need to be taken into account when you are implementing a solar panel system on your roof. 

Also, unlike any other investment, you don’t have many people to consult before investing in solar. So, here is a list of some things that you need to know about before you install a solar power system on your roof.

1. Is your roof in the right condition?

If you are installing a solar panel system in your home, the best location to do so is the roof. Your roof gets the most consistent sunlight for the longest time, which is why most people install their panels on the roof. 

You should know that the average life cycle of solar panels can be above 20 years, while a roof will start to deteriorate in 10, so you need to make sure that you catch up on all the maintenance and repairs of your roof before you install the solar panels. Also, make sure that the water has a suitable path to drain from the roof, because it the water stands there for a long amount of time it may cause your roof damage.

2. Are solar panels a viable option in your area?

Another feature that needs to be considered when you are installing a solar panel system is the climate and weather in your area. For your solar panels to be effective, you need to be getting a decent amount of direct sunlight. According to experts, solar panels require at least 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight to be useful

So, if you live in an area like Nevada, California, Texas or New Mexico, you can get a lot of usage out of your solar panels, and you will also get a quicker return on your investment. On the other hand, if you are living in a more cloudy area like Minnesota, or Michigan, installing solar panels may not be the best approach for you.

If you live in an area like Illinois or New York, areas that get a decent amount of both sunny and cloudy days, then the decision can be a little difficult, if you want to install solar power in Illinois, you should contact an expert to come and analyze your home for compatibility. 

3. How much energy do you use every month?

If you want to implement an active and useful solar panel system, you will need to find out how much energy you actually use in a month. You can do this by simply checking the number of units used on your electricity meter.

Now, if you are planning to go solar, you need to make sure that you consume as little energy as possible. You should start by following some strict rules to limit the wastage of energy.

You should also invest in energy-saving alternatives to daily household products so you can decrease the amount of energy you consume. 

4. Have you chosen the right installation company?

Installing a solar panel system is not a simple job, and every other electrician can’t do it effectively. Solar panels are quite a hefty investment, so don’t damage the panels while trying to save a little amount of money on the installation crew.

Look for an installation company that is approved by NABCEP, which is the North American board of certified energy practitioners. Also, try to hire a company that has some experience in installing solar panels. Otherwise, your whole investment might be in jeopardy.

5. Batteries and inverters

Solar panels aren’t the only major part of a solar power system. If you want to store the energy, you are producing, you will need some batteries. Also, batteries store direct current, so you will need an inverter to convert the direct current to alternating current, similar to what we get from the grid. If you want to implement an effective solar power system, you need to understand batteries and inverters as well, so that you can make the right choice.

About Author: Louis Paulson is a graduate of California University and is currently working on his dream project of creating organic energy mixes. In his leisure time, he likes to write about climate change, energy, and clean tech. To read more of his blogs, you can visit http://headlinesolar.com/.