The winters in Idaho can be rough. This is especially true when heavy snow and freezing rain appears. Not only can this weather impact driving conditions, but it can also affect your solar panels. Here are five ways to maintain your solar panels in the winter.
1. Get Rid of Excess Snow
Solar panels are designed to repel snow. However, there are times when the snow gets stuck on or around the panels. When this occurs, you have a few options. You can let the snow melt, sweep the snow panels, or spray the panels with a garden hose.
2. Install Snow Guards
Snow guards offer an ideal way to protect your solar panels in the winter. These guards are physical barriers that prevent mounds of snow from accumulating on your panels. Best of all, it’s relatively inexpensive to install snow guards.
3. Adjust the Angles of the Panels
During the winter, the sun’s rays are often hidden behind thick clouds. Hidden sun rays prevent your panels from receiving an adequate amount of sunlight. To catch as many rays as possible, adjust your solar panels to an angle of 15 degrees.
4. Maintain the Batteries
To optimize your solar panels in the winter, you must maintain your batteries. Be sure to have your batteries installed in an insulated space. Charge your batteries when they’re lower than 12 volts DC. Check your batteries at regular intervals to prevent major problems.
5. Conserve the Energy in Your Home
Your solar panels work better when you take actions that conserve your home’s energy. Properly insulate your home. Fix leaks in air ducts. Use energy-efficient light bulbs. Keep out drafts by installing thermal curtains. Always close the damper after you use your fireplace, and turn off lights that aren’t being used.
At Magic Solar, we provide service and maintenance solutions for commercial and residential solar panels in Twin Falls and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation or installation appointment, contact our office today.
Learn How to Go Solar
Going solar has been a topic that has received much press in recent years. With so much information, it can become confusing on how to take advantage of the opportunity. The good news is that a great solar company can make the process quick and easy. You’ll first want to find a solar company that’s willing to provide you with a service that’ll go over all the planning details. Steer clear of companies that offer you a price upfront as this is almost certain to increase if your home requires additional panels or isn’t suitable for their standard offering. Magic Solar is happy to provide you and others in Twin Falls County and the surrounding areas in Idaho with this information on how to make the switch to solar.
Considerations When Going Solar
Relating to our initial claim on upfront pricing, you’ll have to have your home analyzed to determine the exact scope of work that’s to be performed. Variations in roofing, sun exposure, and the landscape of your yard all make a difference. You’ll also want to ask for references and samples of the work the company has completed. Any company can offer you a glossy brochure from the manufacturer of the panels. If the company has any planning software, they should be able to give you a realistic idea of how the project will play out and how the panels will appear. You’ll also want to consider your roof and ensure that it’s able to handle the panels. Lastly, ask questions regarding anything that comes to mind. Many people find it helpful to write these questions down before the estimate.
Magic Solar Can Help You Go Solar
Magic Solar has roots in renewable energy that date back over 40 years. The family-owned and -operated company offers sales, installation, service, and maintenance for ground and rooftop solar panel products that come in grid-tied or battery backup options. Agricultural, commercial, and residential services are all available. Our solar analysis can help you determine if solar is the right solution for your home or business. Get in touch with Magic Solar for experienced expert service, today.