Pros and Cons of Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels are quite common these days, isn’t it?

 If you are constructing a new house or planning to renovate the current ones, on what basis have you decided whether or not solar panels have to be installed?? Let me tell you, not installing solar panels would bring you regrets sooner or later. No doubt, solar panels do carry certain disadvantages but what if I tell you the benefits you enjoy from installing solar panels at your home is worthy to bear the disadvantages!!

It’s ok if you are not convinced!! I have been in your place years ago and I understand that it’s a tough decision to make. I’m not bragging but you indeed are lucky to reach out here. By the end of this article, you will understand why I say so!!

Let’s get to the point now!! Everything that you will continue to read now, you need to pay extra attention-

Pros of Solar Panel Installation

Reduces electricity bill

Solar panel installation is a one-time investment whereas electricity bills will be reflected on your phones each month without fail. And I’m sure you will not be surprised that solar panels are an alternative for geysers and did you know, geysers are highly responsible for increasing the bill, so I think you have got my point!!

Therefore, with solar panels installed you will become less dependent on electric utility and save quite a lot of money on your monthly electric bills.

Home Value

Solar panels will not only benefit you during your stay in the house but would also increase the home value of your house. The majority of the population is aware of the benefits offered by solar panels and if you ever wish to sell your house, then potential buyers will indeed be attracted to the fact that they can save money on the electric bills with solar energy.

Also, you can expect a quick sell because people prefer moving to a solar-powered house rather than go through the hassle of installing one themselves.

Reduces Carbon footprint

If you are an eco-lover then I don’t think you need any kind of briefing the moment you read “Reduces Carbon Footprint”. Yes, it’s known that going green saves money on the bills and adds value to the home, but leaving aside the financial factors, solar panels promise sustainability and reduce the negative impact on the environment caused by the household effects.

Tax Breaks

You, as a property owner/business owner/homeowner not only can save money after the installation of the solar panel but also during the installation as you will witness a 30% deduction of the cost of installing a solar energy system from the taxes

Cons of solar panel installations

Inclement weather

As you know, solar panels are and can only be installed in open air which means right below the sky to directly absorb the solar energy from the sun. But other seasons like winter aren’t much favorable, hail and hurricanes can damage the solar panels.

Overly hot temperatures are also not suitable for solar panels. Therefore, you will have to consider the local climate, or else you will often end up paying for repairs

Lack of Sunshine

The day you witness fluctuations in the water temperature, understand that the season is changing, as solar panels have started lacking the required amount of sunshine. Sun is the only source of energy to charge up the solar panels.

And so, on days that aren’t sunny, you will have to compromise with the water temperature. But solar panels do work in cloudy weathers

Expensive to install

Though buying solar panels is a one-time investment since it lasts for 30-40 years but that one-time investment is also quite a hefty one. Buying solar panels upfront costs, a lot of money.

Maintenance Costs

Once or twice a year you are expected to pay a good amount of money as the maintenance charges of the solar panel. And no, you cannot skip this because improper maintenance will only reduce the lifespan of the panels which is something that you would agree for

Not ideal for relocating

If you are one of those who like switching from one location to another every 3-4 years, then solar panels are not meant for you, instead it would be a wasted investment. For those aiming to stick to the house and sell it for a great deal in the far future can only make the most of the solar panels

Things to consider before installing solar panels

Now that you have read the pros and cons of installing a solar panel at home, I’m pretty much sure that you will be in the favor of getting one at the earliest but wait, there’s more. Before you go pick, there are many things that you need to consider before you jump in and start the installation process. I’ve put together a list of the things you need to take into consideration before you install those rooftop solar panels.

Does your roof need repair?

Ask yourself how old is my roof before you consider the installation of solar panels? It is probably not the best idea to install solar panels if you know that you will soon require a new roof, or that part of your roof is damaged.   Take care before installing all roof repairs, if possible, this way you won’t have to pay additional for the work to be dismantled and replaced.

What is the shape of your roof?

You got the solar panel but later you realize that you have no right space to install it, what do you do then?! Well, I can’t suggest a solution but I can give you advice- Never buy solar panels without measuring the size and considering the shape of roofs to avoid such annoying mistakes. Rectangle, square, triangle, and what not, thanks to the interior trends, roofs of different shapes and sizes have been discovered and so, before you decide upon solar panels, cross-check that your roof has plenty of space for the solar panels

Which direction do the slopes of your roof face?

As you know, solar energy is the food consumed by the solar panels, and so, to make the most of the energy, you will have to have a special placement for the panels.

How much weight can your roof deal with?

No, solar panels aren’t light-weighted. They are bulky in looks as well as in weight and so it is important to check whether or not your roof is strong enough to bear the weight. If you miss out on this, then the consequences could be worse.

Do you have the right insurance?

No matter how many precautions and cross-checks you do, you never know what might happen the very next moment with you and so having the right insurance would be wise of you to cover the damages caused to you and your home due to improper installation of the panels.

Do you have warranties?

Expenses are already endless and not considering the warranty aspect of the solar panel you wish to buy is eventually adding up to the expenses. Warranties protect your solar panels and other related equipment. If anything happens to your solar panels, having a warranty will help you to keep the manufacturer accountable without any additional cost to you. 

Did you pick the cheapest one?

Solar panels are a one-time investment, so I wouldn’t mind suggesting you go for fairly priced ones because, with such equipment, you get what you pay for. I’m not saying that the cheapest options are not reliable but as a matter of fact and to be on a safer side, going with the right priced one will make solar panels last long eventually increasing the investment. Most importantly, low-quality solar panels can be dangerous and so you should maintain a distance from those.

Final Advice,

If you’re convinced, which I’m sure that you are, of getting a solar panel installed, make sure you get in touch with an expert for consultation and to install the solar panels.

And that’s it!! I’ll be leaving it to you here. Thank you for reaching out. Have a great day ahead

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average life expectancy of solar panels?

About 25 to 30 years. But the solar panels generating that power don’t last forever. The industry standard lifespan is about 25 to 30 years, and that means that some panels installed at the early end of the current boom aren’t long from being retired

Do solar panels work in rain?

Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds. Rain helps to keep your panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt.

Do solar panels work at night?

Solar panels don’t produce energy at night or when the sun is obscured. Instead, they continue to provide power through net metering, in which surplus power is transferred to a public utility power grid — often powered by fossil fuels — to offset costs

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