Our energy bills seem to rise all the time, and many homeowners are looking for a cost effective alternative. This inevitably leads them to information on a solar panels installation and how it can save them money on their energy bills. This is true, there may even be grants available to supplement the installation costs, but there are some things that you need to know. Installing solar panels is a significant home improvement, so you need to do some research to ensure that it is the right choice for your property. In this article, we will look at six questions that can help to guide you through this process to help you to make an informed decision.
1. Work Out How Many Solar Panels You Need?
This will depend on a number of factors, including your location, the available space, and your budget. Certain solar panel types cost more, but they are more efficient, and there are others that are more affordable, but you need more of them to generate the power that you need. We get plenty of sun here in Australia, but you will notice a slight decrease during overcast days and during the winter months. To compensate for this, you may want to install more solar panels that you need during the rest of the year. At Mouritz, we can help you with a detailed calculation to tell you which solar panels you need and how many should be installed.
2. What Types of Solar Panels are Available?
Solar panels have come a long way in recent years, they are far more efficient than their earlier counterparts, and there are three broad types to choose from, they are monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, and thin-film solar cells. These are listed in order of decreasing efficiency, so a monocrystalline silicon solar panel is the best option if you have the budget. Finding and choosing the right solar panel or cell to meet your needs is essential for success. The main determining factors will be your budget and the amount of available space for the panels. Balancing these two factors is extremely important if you want the best possible return on investment (ROI).
3. How Does the Installation Process Work?
In most urban and suburban areas, the solar panel system will be part of the energy grid. You can sell any power that you don’t need back to the energy company, and you have the peace of mind that you will still have power if your solar system fails. If you live in a rural area, you may be entirely off grid, and if this is the case, you may want to install extra batteries to store more power for a literal rainy day. A solar panel or cell works by collecting sunlight and converting that to a DC current that you can convert to AC and then use in your home. Your home will take the energy needed based on the electrical units that require energy. For obvious reasons, most homeowners place their solar panels on the roof to collect more sunlight and place their equipment out of harm’s way. The angle of the solar panels in relation to the sun can play a huge role in solar energy collection efficiency. At Mouritz, we can offer expert help and advice in positioning your solar panels to make the most of the sunshine to generate power.
4. Is Your Home Suited to Solar?
Before you plan an installation, you will need a solar engineer to visit your home and assess the property for a proper installation. This assessment will involve how much exposure to sunlight your property receives, where the system will be located, how big a system you will need to satisfy your electricity needs, whether you will be connected to the grid and how your system can be optimised for maximum safety and functionality.
Once the engineer has gone over these issues, they will be able to recommend the best system for your specific needs, and you can plan the installation process.
5. What’s Involved in the Installation Process?
The best route for effective solar installation is to hire a professional. These experienced technicians are highly familiar with solar energy and all the details of installation. This can help you to maximise your return on investment. There are several things that you will need to consider before you choose an installer. This includes:
How much experience does the technician have installing solar panels?
Is the installer reputable, certified, and licensed?
Have you received multiple quotes?
Has the company any recommendations or referrals?
The complete installation process typically takes approximately two days, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll have your new solar system running by the end of the week. If your system will be connected to the grid, it may involve some red tape, and your installer may need to wait on approvals from the electric company. The system may also need to be inspected to ensure that it meets the utility company safety standards.
6. What About Maintenance and Repairs?
Like any system, your new solar system will need some maintenance and at times repairs. Repairs typically stem from a malfunctioning part or a worn out component that needs to be replaced. Solar systems are relatively hassle free, but if you want to enjoy years of energy savings, you will need to be prepared to give your system a little care.
Most residential solar systems can last for twenty five years or more, so it is important to spend a little time caring for your system. Fortunately, your solar installer may also be able to provide you with maintenance assistance. Many companies will also offer repair and servicing, in addition to installation. This will allow you to relax and enjoy your solar system without worrying about whether it is working at its best.
If you’re interested in a solar panels installation in Perth, contact Mouritz for more detailed information. Our team of technicians would be delighted to answer any of your questions or queries.
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