Does solar panel maintenance take a great deal of effort?
Many homeowners seem to think caring for a rooftop solar array is going to be a hassle, but that isn’t the case. Quite the opposite, in fact – keeping the components in good working order is easy to do and takes very little time.
Solar Panels Don’t Require Regular Cleaning
Solar modules have a slick glass surface, so rain and melting snow work to sweep away dirt and debris. Essentially, the panels clean themselves. As such, you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning your rooftop solar array very often.
Cleaning Grime Doesn’t Require Professional Help
If it hasn’t rained or snowed in a while and your solar array is looking a little grungy, you can wash it off – without hiring a professional. Just fill a bucket with warm water and use a squeegee or soft brush on an extension pole to get rid of the grime.
How Extreme Weather Affects Solar Panels
All of the components in a rooftop solar array are designed to withstand all sorts of harsh weather conditions, from heavy rain and snowfall to strong winds and hail. However, nothing is indestructible – and tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning storms can damage photovoltaic equipment.
On the rare chance your array suffers damage due to a weather-related event, your homeowners insurance should cover the necessary repairs. Ask your insurer to be sure, but most standard policies include coverage for rooftop photovoltaic systems.
Monitoring the Performance of Your Solar Panels
One solar panel maintenance task you’ll want to make time for is tracking energy production. A quick check of your monitoring system is all it takes to see how much electricity your rooftop solar array has produced on any given day and over time.
By monitoring the energy output of your rooftop array, you’ll know how well the panels are maintaining their efficiency – and if you notice a downward trend, repairs should be covered by your solar panel warranty. Also, you can rely on your monitoring system to let you know about any panel malfunctions.
Schedule a Consultation with Nationwide Solar Today
We’ve shown you that solar panel maintenance isn’t a headache at all – and we’d love to show you how easy and affordable making the switch to photovoltaic power can be.
Nationwide Solar offers free, no-obligation consultations to homeowners in Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We’ll answer your questions, explain how much you can save by installing a rooftop solar array and go over the tax credits and other financial incentives available. Our experienced team is here to meet your needs – and you can always trust us to provide you with the real truth about photovoltaic system installation.
To learn more about solar panel maintenance, or to schedule a professional consultation, give us a call or contact us online today.