Prepare for Your Solar Installation the Right Way

Prepare for Your Solar Installation the Right Way | C.R. WolfeSwitching to solar energy can not only help you save money but also build a greener future. You’ll need to carry out some adjustments and maintenance to get your home ready for solar installation. Below are some tips to help you adequately prepare your home.

Find Out Your Energy Consumption

Your electricity demands determine the space your solar system will need to generate sufficient energy for your home. As a rule of thumb, a square foot in bright sunlight yields 10 watts of power. Going by that, a 1,000-watt system will require 100–200 square feet of area. Get your electricity usage history to help determine how much space you’ll need for your solar system.

Inspect Your Roof

Solar panels are designed to last 20 years or more. Your roof should also last that long and be able to support the extra weight of the panels. Contact a certified roofing professional to check the condition of your roof and do the necessary repairs or replacement.

Get Rid of Shade

Shade causes solar panels to lose power. You’ll need to remove any barriers that are shading the area you’ve chosen to place the solar panels. Trim away any tree limbs that are casting shadows on the area. If the branches are too large for you handle, call a professional.

Relocate Roof Obstructions

It’s challenging to install solar panels on a roof with obstacles such as antennas and satellite dishes. As a result, you should remove them before your solar installation. Call in a plumber to reroute roof vents.

A good solar installer should help you out as you prepare your home for solar energy. To hire the right installer, consider other factors besides pricing such as reputation and the amount of help they’re willing to offer. For more useful tips on preparing your home for solar installation, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been proudly serving the Middletown area for more than 70 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about solar installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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