3 Things You Need To Know About Solar Panel Cleaning
Solar energy is considered the most abundant source of energy for all the forms of life on the planet Earth. It is sustainable, renewable, and plentiful. As the cost of using solar to produce electricity goes down, many are increasingly switching to the installation of solar panels. With their extreme durability and reliability, solar panels installed by a reputable solar installer should likely stay on your house rooftop, for at least up to 25 years.
Owning solar panels is a big investment, but relatively requires low maintenance. In the case of rooftop solar panels that become dirty as a result of exposure to dust, excessive rain, fallen leaves, bird droppings, and pollution, cleaning once in a while is really important. But how do you clean them? Below we have listed the most important 3 things you need to know about solar panel cleaning:
1) Hire a professional
A lot of solar companies offer maintenance and cleaning services, for a fee of course. They might offer it as part of annual maintenance service or you can get it done every so often when you feel your panel needs clean-up. Adopting professional solar panel cleaning services is highly effective and ensures that your panel system is tidied up to the best possible standards.
2) Time-period for Cleaning
There’s no particular time period to clean your solar panel. But at least cleaning or servicing the panel once a year is a good benchmark. Moreover, the location where you stay & the panel tilt will also influence whether you’ll need to clean your solar panels less or more often.
3) Things to use for cleaning
These days solar panel kits come in very handy which you can get from a store or even buy online. Generally, these kits include a biodegradable soap, a wiper, and a small brush. Mix the soap in water, use the brush and start gently wiping the panels. If you don’t have the kits, you can also use plain water or a soft brush to get rid of any dirt or grime that has built up on the panels. It is always better to clean solar panels when they are moist or wet so any dirt residue can be wiped off easily. And please make sure to never use an abrasive sponge or soap while cleaning your solar panel as you may scratch the glass.
For quite some time, it’s good to let the rain take care of your solar panel cleaning. But depending, on your weather conditions, dust, and other pollutants, it’s important to regularly rinse off the panels, or get professional advice & help. Cleaning your solar panels will not only keep your system operating at maximum efficiency but you can also reap the full benefits of going solar year after year.
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