What You Need to Know About Home Solar Energy

The Texas sunshine makes Corpus Christi a great place for residential solar panels. Many homeowners are choosing to take advantage of the sun’s energy, and reaping the benefits of a reduced energy bill and a smaller carbon footprint. Understanding the benefits of solar energy is an important part of the decision in determining if it is the right way to power your home.

How Does a Solar Electric System Work?

You can either install a stand-alone or a grid-connected solar system. Stand-alone systems work well if your home is located in a remote area which makes extending power lines difficult or impractical. A grid-connected system as the name implies, connects a to utility company’s grid for backup power. Apart from the solar panels that are installed on your roof, you will need other equipment such as batteries, charge controller, and power conditioning equipment. The solar panel is made of solar cells called photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells convert sunlight directly to electricity.

It Won’t Damage Your Roof

As long as the panels are properly installed and your roof is in good condition, they will not damage your roof. They will need to be sealed properly as well, to prevent problems such as leaks, and heat loss or heat gain.

Panels Require Little Maintenance

Solar panels require very little maintenance. Short of cleaning debris from them, you won’t need to do much to keep them working. Ideally because of where they are located, you should leave such any maintenance checks to the professionals. Your technician will also know the best way to clean them to prevent any damage.

Price Doesn’t Have To Be an Obstacle

Many states offer tax credits and rebates to homeowners who install solar panels. Panels also increase the value of your home. Even if the initial cost of installation seems a bit prohibitive, the amount of energy you save will significantly reduce your energy bill.

Call Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. at 888-481-8511 to find out more about solar energy and whether or not solar panels can work for your home. We also provide commercial options as well. Get on board with renewable energy and see how you can help to protect the environment.

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