Keeping up with maintenance on your solar power system is important especially if you live in an area that is susceptible to severe elements. Even if you do live in an area with sporadic weather, the great thing about solar panels is that they’re quite durable. You don’t have to worry about the weather damaging them, but you do have to worry about the weather affecting their solar energy production. Here are some solar panel maintenance tips for every season.
Solar panel maintenance in the fall is crucial for homeowners, especially in the Northeast. Fall leaves and debris can really affect the amount of energy that your solar system produces. Be sure that you or a professional brushes off dead leaves and branches during the fall to maximize energy production.
If you live in a part of the country that gets a lot of snow, you want to make sure that you clean it off regularly, again to ensure that your system produces more energy. Also weight from heavy, wet snow and ice can not only affect your solar system, but your roof, too. Always be conscious of the amount and weight of snow on your roof and panels.
In the spring pollen can be a huge culprit along with falling buds and other debris. A quick and easy way to remove the spring time mess is to hose it off. A gentle stream of water will do the trick and get rid of that pesky pollen.
The summer is one of the easiest seasons for maintenance. Depending on where you live, there may be possible debris from a summer breeze, but nothing that will significantly affect your energy production. The biggest job in summer is to determine if any trees surrounding your home are blocking sunlight light from your panels. A shade analysis by a solar professional will help to determine what trees could be hurting solar energy production.
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