Installing Home Solar Panels



Hooking your home up to solar power can be a great long-term investment. The sun is going to be around for a few billion years, more than long enough to supply your house with all the energy it needs. You just need to install a few panels correctly, aligning them, so they take advantage of that free power.


The installation can be a bit of a challenge for some people. Do you have the company install them, or do you decide to save yourself a little cash by doing it yourself?


The answer will vary.


For example, if the provider for your solar panels insists on doing the installation themselves, or of its part of the package, why not? Getting professionals to handle any job is better than you doing it blind or off a manual that may not cover everything.


If on the other hand, you’d rather do the installation yourself, there are a few things you should keep in mind. There’s preparation work to be done.


First, you’ll want to look at your roof. There’s a lot of pieces in play there. Making sure you’ve covered all of them or factored them in will help not only the installation but the optimisation of your power supply.


If your roof is in bad condition, you might consider having it cleaned, renovated, or replaced entirely. If the roof angles are too steep, the panels might not catch enough sun consistently. If the gutters are dirty, you’ll need to call to clean them out.


The average rooftop is built to last about five to ten years. The average solar panel setup is designed to take about two decades of punishment from the environment. This means that if your rooftop is due for an overhaul, you’ll want to get that done before the panels come in.


Consider the direction. Your house will have one side that gets more sun than the others.


Determine which side of the roof catches more sunlight than any other direction. For instance, in the Northern Hemisphere, the sides that face south get more direct sun. By doing this, you improve the overall efficiency of the system.


If you live in an area that’s perpetually overcast, solar panels might not be a good choice for you.


Consider the pitching of the roof. Sharply-pitched roofs are a good idea to have.


Think about the space. Solar panels require a lot of room. Between the panels themselves and the related equipment, you’re looking at a sizable bit of space. Measure first, then consult with an expert to see if you can accommodate it all.


You’ll also want to make sure the roof and the structure supporting it can handle that weight. Solar setups don’t put that much extra weight, but it’s a good idea to check structural stability anyway.


Are there any fixtures running along the intended space? These may include vents or plumbing. You’ll want to get those out of the way.


These are all things that your solar contractor will also check or advise you on. They’re factors that you can control to maximise the output of the panels.