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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Ortega

Maintaining Your Solar Panels

Your solar panels have been installed, and they are currently providing your home with clean, affordable energy. How do you keep your solar panels in top condition so they continue to produce at their highest capacity?

Homeowners frequently ask this query. Owning something means taking care of and protecting your investment. Fortunately, solar panels have a very long lifespan. With the exception of tracking arrays, the majority of panels are constructed from tempered glass and anodized aluminum. They are so practical and require little to no upkeep. For best effectiveness, your associates advise cleaning your panels every three months.

Cleaning Requirements for Solar Panels

Many homeowners worry that bad weather will harm their roofs or solar panels. In many types of climates, solar systems are deployed. Your solar system can and will manage any weather, whether you live somewhere with harsh winters, a wet season, coastal weather systems, or heat waves. What therefore is needed to keep them simply clean and operating effectively?

For your panels to operate at their best, it's essential to keep any snow or debris off of them. There are techniques to make sure your solar panels are generating their full amount of energy.

Some low-cost remedies for dust accumulation caused by birds, trees, and other detritus are:

  • an air blower

  • The buildup on panels can be removed with a brief rinse with a hose or even a light rain (though rain normally won't clear off flat panels).

  • Employ a leaf blower.

  • Make use of a long pole that has a squeegee at the end.

  • Spray lukewarm water on your panels.

  • If there is only a thin layer of snow, it will probably slide off and clean your panels in the process (flat panels are exempt from this rule).

Never do the following when cleaning your panels:

  • Spray hot water on cold panels

  • Apply RainX

  • Use rock salt and vehicle wax

These alternatives can do more harm than good by permanently harming your panels, roof, and electrical components.

Monitoring of solar panels

The best approach to guarantee that your project functions at its peak is to install a solar panel monitoring system. Data on your solar system's electrical production is provided through monitoring systems. You can compute the degradation of your panels by tracking this data over time. Monitoring systems also send out alerts in the event of a problem or damage.

Safety is the primary priority in all aspects pertaining to your solar system. Almost always, you may use a hose to maintain and clean your panels while standing on the ground. Use caution when climbing on your roof if you must access your panels.

When walking on damp or slick surfaces, extreme caution should be exercised. Never touch any of your system's electrical components. Also, before attempting to climb up onto your roof, please make sure your ladder is securely fastened.

Solar power systems are highly robust and have a long lifespan. The older, less technologically advanced solar panels from the first generation are still working fantastically today!

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