No matter how you financed your solar panel array, it’s a major investment into your home and your commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Naturally, you’ll want to protect and care for your investment so that it serves you reliably for years to come. Fortunately, caring for your solar panel installation is easier than it may seem. As a leading provider of affordable solar technology, Palmetto knows a thing or two about keeping your solar panels in tip-top shape. Read this guide to find out how!
Be Aware of Seasonal Changes
Just like your yard chores change throughout the year, how you care for your solar panels also changes with the season. Every season, you’ll want to dedicate some time over a weekend to cleaning up and maintaining your solar panel installation. Here are some considerations for each season:
Caring for your solar panels in summer is fairly straightforward. The major concern during the summer is the accumulation of pollen, dust, and animal droppings. If you live in a drier, more arid region of the country, you may have to be a little more diligent about clambering onto your roof and giving them a quick rinse from the garden hose every now and then. For wetter regions, summer rains will do a fine job of washing away any debris. If you want to reduce the amount of time you spend climbing around on your roof, you may consider installing a roof sprinkler system. However, make sure that these sprinklers are approved by whoever installed your solar panels so that they won’t cause issues with your solar panels.
Much like you clean your gutters regularly during the fall, you’ll also need to clean your solar panels. During fall, the major concern is, of course, loose vegetation and debris piling up on your panels. Sticks, leaves, and more can be blown onto your roof from nearby trees, or even from the neighbor’s roof. You can just clean up your panels while you’re cleaning out your gutters. A quick pass from a broom is usually enough to knock away any debris.
Snow and ice are the major concerns for the integrity of your solar panels in winter. You’ll have to be a little more careful in cleaning them during the cold months. For one, it can be difficult to get onto your roof if there’s snow packed on it. Next, traditional snow busting tactics like putting down salt aren’t great options: the salt can actually cause corrosion on the panels or the installation rack. Corrosion may affect the performance of the panels and could lead to issues later in the year.
Using a broom or snow rake to dust off the snow is a great way to take care of one of these issues. When it comes to ice, you may need to work with a professional company to care for your solar panels in winter. Other that, your solar panels will actually fend for themselves fairly well during the winter. The heat from the sun will naturally melt the snow and ice off of your panels after a few days, and you shouldn’t see too much of an interruption in your energy production.
When you start the process of spring cleaning for your home, don’t forget about your solar panels! The longer days and warmer temperatures make it the perfect time to do a careful once-over of your system. As you’re inspecting your system, look for the following:
Roof damage or other issues
Corrosion on the panels
Scratches, marks, or burn spots on the panel’s glass
Missing parts, like bolts or covers
If you don’t feel comfortable checking the integrity of your solar panels, connect with your local solar panel installer. They can quickly and easily observe your array and make suggestions for how to repair or better care for your system.
Keeping Them Clean
Cleaning your solar panels is as simple as cleaning your dishes, the only difference is that they won’t fit in the dishwasher. Simply wipe down each panel with a wet rag or sponge. For particularly stubborn spots of dirt, dust, or pollen, use a gentle dish soap, preferably one made from natural ingredients. Avoid using any caustic cleaning agents or abrasive materials, as this can lead to scratched and damaged panels. Make sure to do the cleaning on a cooler day, or during an overcast day so that water doesn’t evaporate so quickly, leaving marks behind.
The renewable energy revolution is here! Palmetto is committed to making solar energy technology more affordable and more accessible. With sales all over the country, and advanced integrated monitoring systems, like Palmetto Home, it’s easy to embrace solar energy and save money doing it. Find out more about our products and services, and contact us today!