Are you considering solar panels for your home? You are not alone. Solar panels have become more prevalent over the last decade with continuously advancing technologies. People, namely homeowners, are installing panels for various reasons, whether it be cost savings, environmental motives, or boosting the resale value of their homes. 

This article will answer some of the most asked questions surrounding solar panels. We hope this handy resource will help you determine if solar panels are the right choice for your home. 

What are Some of the Factors you Should Consider Before Installing Solar Panels?

To maximize the performance of a solar energy system, you should consider the following;

  • The location of your home
  • Roof incline
  • Energy requirements 
  • The durability and longevity of the solar panels
  • The expected length of the installation process
  • The estimated cost of a solar energy system

What are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels?

The main benefit experienced with solar panels is the long-term cost savings you will realize. While there is an upfront cost associated with installation, you will see a reduction in your monthly energy bills. There are numerous solar calculators available online that can calculate the potential savings of a solar panel system.

Solar panels are now available in a range of aesthetically pleasing designs that can positively impact the look of your home. Additionally, solar panels will increase your home’s value should you decide to sell in the future.  

How Much Does It Cost?

Solar panel installation can be an expensive investment. A five-kWh system might cost upwards of $18,000 to install. Many jurisdictions have tax credits or rebates available as an incentive for homeowners to switch to solar energy. Make sure you do your homework and compare solar panel costs from various companies. 

What is the Installation Process?

First, you will need to prepare your roof. The solar installation company will ensure that all tiles or shingles are securely attached. Next, they will place the wiring required to connect your residential solar system to the electrical system. 

Racking will then be placed, which holds the solar panels in place. The inverter is connected. 

The installation process will vary; it will depend on the size of your home and the overall scope of the project.

On average, the installation will take up to a few days.  

What Type of Maintenance is Required?

In general, solar panels require very little maintenance. 

Regular service checks are a great way to ensure the system will keep working in the best manner possible.

If the panels are tilted, rainfall will clear away accumulated dirt and debris. 

Clean the panels manually during dryer months. We recommend you clean them a few times per year. It’s a simple process; all you need is a leaf blower and a quick rinse with a garden hose.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

If you purchase a solar energy system, the panels and electricity generated belong to you for the 20-to-30-year lifespan of the system; a substantial warranty for a similar timeframe is a recommendation. 

Solar panels will slowly degrade over time, but most will continue to produce at least 85% of their year one output, even in year 25.  

Professional Solar Panel Installation

Considering solar panel installation? Are you in the Vancouver area? Do you value outstanding customer service? Look no further than Redford Electric.  

We are a team of professional electrical contractors experienced in solar panel installation. We are here. Ready and willing to see your property and provide a free estimate.

Get in touch with Redford Electric today by calling 778-840-2594 or, visit us online!