5 Basic Tips to Know for Home Solar

Home solar is one invention of the new century, but it has expanded to different parts of the world. Since it becomes so popular, it is possible you may decide to power your house with solar power someday. As for home solar power, there are five basic tips you need to know before you build such a system. Below are the five basic tips for you.

Tip 1: Learn the process of how electricity is generated at home.

To generate electricity with sunlight is not a very complicated process. Generally speaking, you need to install a solar PV system in your house which consists of solar panels, a PV inverter (or microinverters), a two-way meter (optional), batteries (optional), racks, wires and so on. These solar panels function to convert sunlight into direct current, which will the be fed to the PV inverter that converts it into alternating current. Why should it be converted? Because your house’s power system can only consume alternating current.

Tip 2: The system does need a rooftop or a spot on the ground.

Since solar panels are part of the system, and they must be installed somewhere. The common installation area is a rooftop which must be under your name. If possible, the roof had better face south, west or east but never north, for these directions guarantee more sunlight can be absorbed. At the same time a slant roof is better than a flat one for the sake of absorbing more sunlight. This has so much to do with the sunlight angle. Or if you don’t think it is possible to install them on your roof, and your alternative is to install them on a piece of ground that belongs to your house.

Tip 3: Keep a clear idea about the lifespan of the system.

The average lifespan of it is about 25 years, while some business owners say their systems can last for 30 years. Indeed this is also possible if the system is well-maintained by you. Another question is: what is the lifespan of your solar panels? They are really good stuff, for they can last for 30 years or so. The flaw is their efficiency declines as they become old. The last question is: what’s the lifespan of your inverter? The maximum figure is between 10 and 15 years. Therefore, you will have to replace your inverter once during the system’s entire life.

Tip 4: You can keep track of the output of your system.

As solar technology improves, you can use some certain software to monitor your system. By doing so, you can learn how much electricity your system generates each day, month or year. What you do is download some software provided by the solar system installer or supplier on to your PC or mobile phone. The power generation statistics will be automatically transmitted to your devices daily.

Tip 5. The system installer will offer you his warranty.

The warranty usually can be available for 5 to 10 years. Besides, each installer also offers extra maintenance options. This means you can get a longer warranty as long as you pay some money for him. Usually this expense is not that expensive, but this service also differs from country to country. Before buying this service, you should let them clearly tell you how much you do enjoy.

These tips are just very basic ideas about home solar, and can be helpful for some who have no any idea about home solar power. If you need to know more, please consult professionals, who will explain even every detailed step for it to you.

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How to install and maintain your PV system?

home PV system
home PV system

How do install a home PV system? This is a question always asked and concerned about by those who wish to go solar. But others think this is not a big issue because installers will help you solve the problem. My answer is you had better learn something about it.

First, you should make your self clear that your community permits this. I have heard that some communities don’t approve this. So, making sure of this will save lots of your energy.

Second, before the solar panels are transported to your home, you need a slant rooftop with an area of at least 30 square meters. The rooftop had better be a slope with a certain angle, for this is the best for absorbing sunlight. If you don’t have such a rooftop but only a flat one, you need racks to support your solar panels with such an angle. Or if you don’t think installing panels on your rooftop is possible, you can also ask the installer to install them on the ground to which you own the property right.

Third, when your panels arrive, you may pick out a spot on your rooftop or ground to install them properly. No matter whether you install them on your roof or on the ground, you should make sure they face south, east or west, so that they can catch the most sunlight and generate the most direct current.

Fourth, install some racks on your roof or on the ground to fasten solar panels. After this process you can install the panels on them in the angles that suit your local latitude condition the most.

After the installation, you may connect your panels to the solar inverter or microinverters for the sake of converting direct current into alternating current. Finally, connect your whole PV system to the local utility grid. If you are intended to do so, you may also need to install the prepared batteries into the system to satisfy the constant power supply for your house. Some who have enough financial support can connect to the grid and install batteries.

Once the installation job is over, you must be considering how to maintain it. To be honest, such a system doesn’t need too much of your time for its maintenance. You only need to make sure the panels are always clean, without anything like bird droppings, dust or snow on them. Three or four times of cleaning in a year is enough, unless you meet special extreme conditions. In addition, make sure your solar inverters are free from dust and moisture.