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Solar for Your New Home

When shopping for a new home, always keep in mind one simple question… What will it take to install solar now or in the future?

Not every home is feasible for solar. The roof lines might be too cut up with not enough clean space to work with. There could be shading issues or the only good roof may be on the front of your new home and aesthetics can be a serious concern. So, find a home that has great orientation to the sun and enough space to put in a square or rectangular shaped solar system vs one that looks more like a puzzle with panels scattered all over the roof.

Consider the age and condition of the roof. If you have to replace the roof in a few years, factor this in before you invest in your solar system of systems. Also keep in mind that if you have a clay tile roof, this can be problematic and will most likely require a new composition roof under the solar system.

If your new home comes with a pool, you certainly want to consider heating your pool with solar in addition to powering your home with solar. At the same time, you might as well heat your water in your home with solar instead of using gas. Now you have 3 unique solar systems all designed to power your home, power your pool equipment, heat your pool water, and heat your domestic water.

It only takes a few minutes to consult with a solar energy professional to determine how solar can fit your new solar home.

When is it time to replace your existing solar energy system?

Solar pool systems, Solar electric systems, and Solar hot water heating systems, all can last over 2 decades with proper care and maintenance. Knowing this, when is the best time to consider replacing your system or simply upgrading it?

1. The first determining factor is often the current condition of your roof. If you roof needs to be replaced, serious consideration should be made to remove your existing systems and upgrade them with new technology. If your solar system has little to no warranty left, well, their is a good case for replacement.

2. When you purchased your home, you can inherit a solar energy system which was purchased by the previous home owner. So often, when a property is sold, the condition of an existing solar energy system if often over looked in the sales process. Hire a solar expert to provide the expertise in evaluating the system’s condition. If the system is not up to par, this is a great time to negotiate with the seller and upgrade the system as part of the sale of the property.

3. Service should not be an annual expense for any system. If you are absorbing a regular expense for service that is above and beyond normal, it should be evident that the time is growing close if not immediate, toward system replacement. The key here is to determine the cause of system degradation. Often its a maintenance issue or a system design problem.

Utilize Suntrek’s services to determine your best course of action with any existing solar power system, solar panels, solar hot water, or solar pool heating system.

First Hand Advice on Cleaning PV Panels

 

Owning a PV system that powers your home and pool brings a certain magic to one’s home and lifestyle. Clean, free energy, delivered by the sun, powering lights, AC, appliances, pool equipment, and more.

Everyone is different when it comes to keeping things clean. For example, my car rarely gets washed and it drives find, but it looks like hell. I have no problem with this. When it rains, my car looks its best. When it gets really bad, I break down and have it cleaned.

Just because I treat my car this way, it does not mean, this is the best approach with my PV system. Here are some facts:

 

  1. A clean PV system, will out perform a dirty one. Some say as much as 10%. So, dirt could be costing you money.
  2. Rain does a great job of cleaning. Months without rain, debris will build up. Dirt, grime, bird poop, pollen, and even moss if you pay no attention to your collectors over time.
  3. If you have a one story home and your PV system is in clear view, you will know when your system needs some love. It will not look very good and its performance will be hampered. A one story roof is much easier to work on than a two story roof.

How to clean your system:

  1. Its best to have two people to clean the system. One person will have a hose to rinse the collectors and the second person will have a telescopic pole with a swivel on the end that has a firm and flat mop head on it and a soft pad.
  2. One person rinses while the other person mops.
  3. Before you get off the roof, let the collectors dry to make sure you have not missed any spots.

Be Safe:

  1. Have a certified ladder that is positioned at a safe angle and is secured at the bottom and at the top.
  2. Walk carefully on your roof and never take your eyes off of where you are stepping next. Never walk backwards. Follow all OSHA regulations when working on a roof.

Call Suntrek if you would like us to clean your system for you.