Solar panels are great additions to your roof for an affordable way to provide energy to your home while keeping the environment safe. However, they require more upkeep and maintenance. Here are a few tips for maintaining your solar panels.
Inspect your solar panels on a regular basis. Make sure that they are clean. Look out for damage caused by fallen branches, hail, or other elements. Your solar panels can also be damaged by critters and rodents.
Besides inspecting them physically, install a monitoring system to monitor your energy usage. If your energy usage is decreasing, it could mean that something is wrong with your solar panels and is causing them to function improperly. If that happens, do a visual inspection or call a professional.
Solar panels will usually get cleaned by the rain. However, if you can see that they are still dirty, or if you live in an area where it does not rain often, you can clean them on your own. The trick is to not use any kind of abrasive detergent, which can damage the solar panels. You can use plain water, a soft cleaning solution, or a solar panel cleaning kit.
Keep the Shade Away
Unsurprisingly, solar panels need to be in the sun to provide you with energy. Over time, however, trees can grow and block the sun. Make sure to keep the trees on your property trimmed if they are blocking the sun.
Keep Critters Away
Squirrels and other critters can crawl and build nests under your solar panels. This can ruin them and could cause some serious damage. Make sure to take steps to keep critters away, such as using screens to protect your cables.
Solar panels are a great piece of technology for your roof. For more roof maintenance tips or for professional roofing help, contact us today!