As world powers are moving toward cleaner energy, following the steps, other countries are also pushing forward the idea of solar panels to their residents. And why not? As sun-powered energy not only is much more efficient but also comes with the factor of cutting down the conventional cost of using electricity. But using solar panels has come with a long list of user manuals consisting of dos and don’ts of much-anticipated technology. Along with technology usage, we’ll be discussing the questions one may need to ask themselves to successfully implant the panels or shun the idea of using them entirely.
Where is Your House Located?Let’s discuss the present location of your house. Where you’re located in the world precisely matters the worth of using solars for your home. People who live close to the line of the equator may receive more electricity, which in turn benefits them to store more solar energy. On the other hand, the residents of cold countries may feel their solar panels are slightly less efficient. It happens due to the weather conditions, as most of the sky is cloudy in winter, and the optimum orientation angle required by the panels isn’t there to support them for storing much energy needed by your home appliances. Therefore, location always matters when it comes to choosing solar panels or sticking with the traditional option.
Does The Roof Demand Changeover?Homeowners must have to check their rooftops before the solar panel’s installation. Houses built prior to the last twenty years are more prone to damage caused by heavy panels, as each panel weighs around 40 pounds. And when inverters and batteries are added to the system, they could cause substantial damage to the ceiling. In addition to the appliance’s weights, the roof’s shape and direction of the slope are also essential to maintain the better efficiency of the panels. Many experts have suggested that your panels should be facing west, but it’s heavily relied on the house and sun direction. Having found out the sun rises and sets spots, you can use tools to elevate the panels. It would be best if you have checked for such modifications before reaching out to the contractors to build panels for your home.
How do You Manage Cost vs. Time?One of the first questions every homeowner should ask themselves is for how long they will reside in the same house they are living in right now. Once you figure that out, then making such a huge investment would start to be making sense to you. If you’re moving out in the next 1-5 years, you can reconsider your choice of choosing solars over the traditional way of using energy. Even if you go for solar panels while encountering the above scenario, your cost-to-time ratio isn’t balanced, and you will be overspending on that thing you’ll not need after some time. Note: Cost vs. time will not matter much if you’re going through a challenging situation, such as frequent power cuts, energy fluctuations, or load shedding.
Have You Chosen the Contractor?If you’ve hired the contractor, make sure to double-check their background, i.e., their reviews, past work, or client testimonials. Checking those parameters will give you an idea about how precisely they can handle your investment. With a proper, one-time investment in buying, configuring, and placing complete solar energy panels, try to onboard one of the best people to set them up for you. Choosing the cheapest option on anything, be it solar panels or the contractor, may cost you heavily in your pockets in the future. Try to buy monocrystalline panels over polycrystalline ones, as they are more effective and can be trusted in the long run. Once you purchased the panels, make sure you did get a warranty on them. And, in the end, by choosing a reliable installer, fix them delicately on your rooftop.
Did You Take Precaution For Bad Weather?Sometimes nature can be brutal. If you haven’t taken strict safety measures, your whole system could be at stake with a heavy gust of wind or thunderstorms. To avoid such a mishap, one must take all the following safety measures.
- Make sure all the panels centers themselves and are not too close to the rooftop’s edges.
- Fix all the wirings, screws, and bolts tightly to the ground or something more robust.
- Ensure you didn’t tilt the panel too much for a better orientation angle.
Do You Need Batteries or Not?Short Answer: Yes, you might need them but only for some time during the day. Long Answer: Using batteries may cost you a lot in the start. But it would be best to have them for the rainy day. Their role is to store the energy created in excess by solar panels. As a result of constant load shedding or power cuts, the panels may become depleted of electricity. However, the best practice is to refrain from using solar panels all day long. Because they get drained more frequently, thus you’ve to use batteries to keep them running. And once the batteries are used often, the chances of them getting exhausted or expired are more significant than ever. So, only use solar panels when you have the maximum usage of your appliances. Such as at night, when you have to open ACs, refrigerators, or other (quick on a meter) electrical appliances, simultaneously.
To Sum Up,Setting up a solar-powered energy generator at home is a costly and challenging process; hence it’s better not to set it up alone by yourself. In case of any errors, breakages, or air leaks, the whole 40 pounds panel needs to be replaced. Therefore, it’s better to ask or reach professionals for the installation process. Moreover, if you need any assistance in purchasing a property or land in Bahria Town Karachi, you can contact RAAS – Smart Property Solution to help you make an informed decision.
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