Is My House Right for Solar Panels?
It’s not uncommon for people to believe that solar panels aren’t right for them or their homes. This is even true in El Dorado Hills, where solar continues to grow in popularity. While it’s true that not all homes are perfect for solar panel installations, many people are surprised to find that conditions are actually ideal for them to “go solar.”
Not sure if your home is right for solar panels? Here are a few things to take into consideration, all of which can play a role in the efficacy of solar equipment.
Factor #1 — Climate
Solar power can actually be generated in different types of climates, including areas that see extreme heat (Sacramento, for example). Since solar panels work by converting both direct and indirect sunlight to generate electricity, they can even work without issue in cloudy, rainy areas such as Seattle, WA.
Factor #2 — Roof Conditions
One thing that often goes overlooked when people consider a solar install is the current condition of their roof. When a roof is near the end of its life, it’s actually a wise idea to replace it before installing any solar panels. Solar panels are capable of lasting for as long as 40 years, and it would be a shame to have to rip them off during their lifespan to replace a failing roof. If issues with a roof currently exist, dealing with them ahead of time is the best course of action.
Factor #3 — Roof Type
The type of roof on your home can also influence a solar install. An ideal roof for solar panels is one built from strong materials such as composite or asphalt shingle; seam metal and concrete tile are also good options. Roofs that are constructed from wood shake, slate tile or other materials can often work, but these materials are less than ideal for mounting solar panels and should only be approached by a true professional.
Factor #4 — Current Energy Costs
Take a moment to consider your current energy costs. No one looks forward to paying their monthly energy bill, but the rule of thumb to follow when considering solar is that an install makes the most sense for those who spend over $100 each month on electricity.
Factor #5 — Sunlight
Sunlight does indeed play a role in the efficacy of a solar panel setup. Techniques such as angling and shading can be utilized in order to get the most out of a solar install, but if your roof doesn’t receive a plentiful amount of sunlight, solar may not be the right fit.
Solar power comes with a number of benefits, and the team at California Energy Services is here to help you determine if this renewable form of energy is right for you.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.