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Common Misconceptions About Solar Panels Debunked

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 11:00 am

solar-panelsSolar technology has exploded in popularity over the last decade, as the combination of publicity and advances in the technology itself have convinced more and more homeowners to install them. Even with the advances in solar panel systems, though, many myths still persist about them. These myths do a disservice to both the technology, and to homeowners who would otherwise install and benefit from it. So, if you’re not sure about whether or not to install a solar panel system because of what you may have heard or read about it, read on to see if you might actually benefit from it.

Myth #1: It’s Too Expensive

A lot of people have held off on installing a solar panel system on their home because they think that it will cost more than it’s worth. While installing a solar panel system is going to involve a bit of an upfront investment, it’s actually a great return on investment for a number of reasons.

First of all, the technology continues to advance in efficiency. Solar panels available on the market today are good enough to power the entire home, if enough of them are installed. You don’t need to completely take your home off the grid to benefit from using the system, though. Even a single set of panels can make a sizable dent in your home operating costs.

Second, a number of government subsidies exist to incentivize homeowners to install solar panel systems on their homes. If you take full advantage of these subsidies, you can recoup quite a lot of your initial investment. Overall, you can save a lot more money than you spend by utilizing a solar panel system.

Myth #2: It Doesn’t Work on Cloudy Days

A common myth about solar panel systems is that they only work well on sunny days. That’s not exactly a problem in California, but some homeowners are hesitant to install a system that may not work for part of the fall and winter seasons. Here’s the thing, though: unless you live in the Arctic Circle and it’s dark for weeks or months at a time, this is completely wrong. The country with the best solar infrastructure right now is Germany, which in general receives far less sunlight than the US. Solar panels experience a slight drop in efficiency on overcast days, but it’s often less than 10%. You likely won’t even notice the difference in your solar panel performance. Even if you lived in an area that was overcast most of the time, it would still be worth installing a solar panel in your home.

If you’re still not sure whether or not a solar panel would work for your home, consult with a professional technician about how it might benefit you. You might be surprised at how much you can get out of it.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating installs and services solar panels in Visalia, CA. If you are interested in having a solar panel system installed on your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that you get the perfect solar panel solution for your home.

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