Before taking the leap of installing solar power for your home, there are some very important items that you should consider first.
1) The Condition of Your Roof
Before you install solar panels on your roof, you want to make sure that your roof is in good condition. You should consider both the age of your roof, and have your roof inspected for any damage that needs to be repaired before you start the installation process. If your roof is older, and will need to be replaced before the 25-year estimated solar system lifespan, it is recommended that you do so beforehand to save yourself both time and money. Repairing or replacing parts of your roof after you have installed your solar panels will cost extra in maintenance and you will be charged another installation fee to have your solar panels put back on after your repairs are finished.
2) Where Water Will Go
Your roof is likely designed to redirect water from rainfall into gutters. However, installing solar energy systems can interfere with this process, so it is important to think about where this water will go to ensure it will be able drain properly. In some instances, wire harnesses and other equipment from your solar system can misdirect the flow of water and end up causing water damage and leaks which will need to be repaired. To avoid this, it is recommended that you discuss these concerns with your contractor before installation to ensure that your solar system is being installed in a way which will not negatively impact the flow of water from your roof to the gutter.
3) Is Your Home Located in a Good Area for Solar Power?
How much you can save per month with solar power is based on where you live, and how many hours of sun your roof will be getting on average each year. For example, installing solar panels in Las Vegas might be more worthwhile than in Seattle. Las Vegas solar energy has a greater output than many other areas because they have an average of 310 sunny days per year. In most areas, solar panels will be able to save you a considerable amount of money off of your energy bill. However, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your new solar energy.
4) Cost of Your New Mortgage
If you are considering bundling the price of your new solar system into your mortgage, American Energy and Solar (AES) is here to help you every step of the way. Check out our mortgage and solar power calculator to get an idea of what your new mortgage could look like with solar power. Check out AES’s Solar Calculator to see your potential savings.
Remember that like any other machine, solar panels also need to be maintained. To learn more about your home’s potential for solar, SunPower’s great article, ‘Is My House Right For Solar‘