There are a few great ways to determine if you should invest in solar panels for your home. Although many homes may benefit significantly from this investment regardless of their unique home conditions, it's still important to understand what to expect from a solar system on your specific home.
Consider the following ways you can accurately gauge whether your home is ideal for this home improvement.
1. Direct Sunlight on Your Roof
The impact of shade on the rooftop is a significant factor in determining whether your home is a good candidate for solar panels. If you have significant shade from trees or your neighbor's home, it may seriously decrease the effectiveness of your solar panels.
However, if you get plenty of bright, direct sunlight when the weather is clear, you should consider installing solar panels to help reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes that get direct sunlight tend to have higher energy costs in an attempt to keep the house cool and comfortable in the warm weather months. These costs would be offset by the energy produced by your panels.
2. The Direction of Your Roof
The direction your rooftop faces has an impact on the amount of direct sunlight it receives throughout the day. Generally, a south-facing rooftop offers the best results for solar panels. East-west facing roofs may not be as effective because they aren’t in the sun’s immediate path for most of the day.
Although an east-facing roof is not enough to rule out solar panels entirely, it should definitely factor into your research and final decision.
3. The Cost of Your Monthly Energy Bill
Before you start considering installing solar panels, you should take some time to analyze your monthly energy costs. If your energy costs are above $75 per month, your home may be an excellent candidate for solar panels.
The average threshold for savings is $75. If you don't usually have a high bill or one that goes over $75 through the year, it may not be worth installing solar panels. Keep in mind that you may need to average this figure from a year's bills to get an accurate idea. Sometimes energy bills in a mild climate are very low in cooler months but skyrocket in warm weather months.
4. Local Precipitation Levels
If you live in an area that gets moderate to low amounts of precipitation, your home might be a great candidate for solar panels. People living in areas with heavy amounts of rain and snow wouldn't benefit as much from solar panels because they don't receive enough sunlight.
Snow that covers rooftops for many months during the winter prevents the solar panels from doing their job. Consider your climate and average yearly precipitation before deciding if you should purchase solar panels for your home.
Get High-Quality Solar Panels
Although these are all important factors when it comes to generating solar energy, you should contact a professional to assess the pros and cons of installing a solar system on your home.
For top-quality solar in Utah, contact Mynt Solar. We will thoroughly evaluate your home and the effectiveness of a potential solar system on your home. Let’s talk about it together!