Avoid These Rookie Solar Power Mistakes
There are plenty of benefits that come with solar panel installation, including the fact that solar energy is sustainable and eco-friendly. If you are considering switching to solar, there are mistakes that you need to avoid so you can get the most out of your investment.
Scroll down to learn more about some of the most common mistakes that we have seen at Solar Bear.
Mistake #1: Ignoring the Structural Makeup of Your Home’s Roof
Solar power can add significant weight per square meter to a roof. Therefore, you need to be sure that your roof can structurally support that much additional weight.
It is also essential to consider the type of roof that you have. A roof with shingles or made from metal panels may be easier to install a solar panel system on than one that is made of tile.
Mistake #2: Improper Sizing of the Solar Panel System
The easiest way to calculate the appropriate size of solar panels is to calculate your power consumption and then install a panel system that provides that amount of energy. The problem with this is that it can neglect important factors that can impact the amount of power that your solar system can produce including:
- Panel orientation
- Voltage settings of the solar system’s inverter
- Natural efficiency declines
If you do not account for these factors, you may not have an accurate size or number of solar panels for your energy needs. To determine which solar panel size is right for you, work with an experienced solar panel contractor from Super Bear from the beginning. We will ensure that your solar panel is right for your house size and specific energy needs.
Mistake #3: Purchasing the Cheapest Solar Panels on the Market
While you may want to switch to solar power to save on your utility bills, you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to purchasing high-quality solar panels. While low-cost solar panels might seem like a great idea right now, they will cost you more down the line when you have to replace components or the entire system because it became faulty or broke down completely.
Of course, you do not have to choose the most expensive system on the market, just ensure that it is high quality and will last for years.
Mistake #4: Placing the Panels Away from the Sun
We get it, solar panels are hardly the most attractive feature to install on your roof, and for many homeowners, keeping them out of sight is best. While there is no problem with placing your solar panel system out of view, they need to be installed where they get enough sunlight.
Also, it is best to choose a place where there are no tree branches to shade or obscure your solar panels. A knowledgeable solar installer can help you identify the proper location for your panels.
Mistake #5: Opting for a DIY Installation
Solar installation is not something that you want to attempt on your own unless you have the proper expertise to pull it off.
Before beginning a DIY solar installation, ask yourself:
- What size solar panels will suit my required energy needs?
- How much roof support will the solar panels need?
- How will the solar panel wiring be completed?
- What is the perfect place to install solar panels?
If you are unable to answer these questions with certainty, it is best to leave the installation to a professional from Solar Bear, as a small mistake in the installation process could cause endless headaches in the future.
Install Solar with Confidence
Say yes to solar and get them installed by our professional team at Solar Bear! We will ensure that your solar panels are the right size for your home, efficient, and facing the sun for the ultimate amount of energy capture. Ready to install? Call us today for a solar panel consultation—407-904-7585!