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Nowadays solar energy has been utilized in millions of households around the world. This technology is also gaining more and more popularity and offers a large number of benefits. The best thing about using solar technology for home is that it can help you save a lot of money in energy bills and is free, good for the environment and readily available. No wonder installing solar panels for your home is a good idea.
Since installing a home solar system is quite an investment, it is really important that you choose the solar panels wisely so that it can serve you for the long term. So whenever you decide to make your home run on the solar energy system, there are some tips that you must keep in mind in order to get the right results.
Tips to choose the solar panels:
For installing the solar energy system at your home, you might need to invest quite a lot of money. But what you must understand is that this one-time investment can provide you with benefits that last for decades. There are lots of factors that decide the price of the solar panels. These include the size of the wattage, physical size, warranty period, brand, certification etc.
So when you decide to buy the solar panels, compare these aspects and pick the one that offers you better value for money. However, in some cases, these factors are negligible. Also, pay keen attention to components and warranty periods and check if the manufacturer provides the facility of installation or not.
2. Warranty Period
This is another crucial factor that you must keep in mind while buying the solar panels. Make sure you check what guarantee the manufacturer is offering on the system you are buying. Buy the products from the authorized manufacturer to get a good warranty on the solar panels. You can get a warranty for up to 25 years, which is a really long time. But to avail replacement or servicing; make sure that you buy it from a trusted brand so that you can get the services even in the future or in times of need.
Some solar panels also come with a 10-year warranty, so check if it is efficient enough to serve you every day for 10 years. No matter which solar panels you buy, check the durability, robustness, and longevity before you make a decision.
When you start your hunting to buy the right solar energy system, it is advisable that you take suggestions from your friends, family, and, neighbors, who have solar energy system installed at their homes. You might be surprised at the information you will receive from them. Asking people about their experience with the panels will also help you identify the one that can offer you the best services. You will also get to know the benefits and drawbacks of the system you are thinking of buying.
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4. Solar Panel Size and Wattage
The size of the solar panels in watts will directly vary the price of the system as the solar panels are usually priced (and compared) in dollars per Watt. The power of the panels is also directly related to the output of panels, which means the 100W panel will generate 100W power each hour. So you must be prepared to pay double the price of what you will pay for the 50W panel if you are going to buy 10W panels.
Not just this, but the output of the panel also plays a significant role in the physical size of the panels, which means 200W will be bigger as compared to 100W. Another factor that decides the size of the panel is the type of the solar cells used in the production. Make sure the system you are installing produces enough watts to power your home appliances, and that you have enough space to install the system at your home.
5. Types of Panels
The type of panels depends on various factors like installation space. If you have limited space for installation, then you must go for the most efficient mono-crystalline solar panels. However, there are many other effective solar panels available which include polycrystalline panels and thin-film technologies as well.
6. Solar Panel Suitability
When it comes to suitability, you must know that mono-crystalline and multi-crystalline are highly effective in bright cool weather conditions, whereas amorphous (thin-film) silicon is better for places that experience higher temperatures.
For large unshaded roofs, you can go for monocrystalline or multi-crystalline panels, while for roofs with partial shading, use amorphous panels. But remember, no solar panel will work under shade, so choosing the type of panel as per the installation place is a must in order to get the results. Also, all those solar panels that claim to come with shade tolerant feature can be misleading. So make your decisions wisely.
7. Solar inverter inefficiency
Before you select the solar panels, look for the solar inverter inefficiency as it will directly affect the performance of the system. The more efficient the inverter, the less heat gets dissipated while producing electricity. For good results, buy the inverters from reputable brands for a hassle-free experience.
Also, choose the right mounting system for your solar panels as this will surely benefit you to get the desired results from your very own alternative home energy.