Switching to solar is a big step in your home ownership journey. Whether you’re just starting to look into installing a solar energy system or you’ve been contemplating the idea awhile, it’s helpful to know what qualities and specifications make your home a good candidate for solar energy.
That said, just about any home that receives some sunlight and isn’t completely shaded by trees can benefit from a solar energy system. And even if your home doesn’t meet all these points, you can still see a huge return on investment when you switch to solar energy.
These are just a few points that make your home the ideal candidate for a solar energy system. However, even if your home doesn’t hit all of these, we can discuss your goals for energy independence and solar energy and come up with a system design and installation plan that works best for you.
The direction of your roof
Ideally, your solar panels will be placed on a roof face that is facing south. This will create the most exposure to sunlight at most times of the day. An east or west facing roof, however, can still generate sufficient energy to power your home.
Roof obstructions like skylights, chimneys, and dormers definitely aren’t reasons to not install a solar energy system, they’re just things to keep in mind as you move forward in pursuing your switch to solar. Ideally, your roof will have minimal obstructions but we at Pro Solar can work around obstructions like these to create an energy efficient system.
The age of your roof
In order to install solar panels, your roof doesn’t necessarily need to be brand new, but it should be made of strong, reliable materials and should be in generally good condition, and you shouldn’t be planning to replace it in a few years. In other words, it should have a long and useful life left before you install a solar array. It’s worth getting any major roof problems repaired well before you plan to install a solar energy system.
Trees or buildings that cause shadows
A main consideration is whether your roof is obscured by trees or the shadows of buildings, as this will of course pose a detriment to generating solar energy. However, sometimes this can be remedied by trimming wayward tree limbs or removing entire trees that may block a majority of sunlight from your rooftop.
Your current energy bill
Consider your current energy bill and consider that a solar energy array has the potential to reduce your electric bill by up to 100%! A well-installed, well-placed solar energy system will usually pay for itself in 6-8 years.
Make the switch to solar!
If you’re ready to make the switch to solar, Pro Solar Florida can help you every step of the way! Contact us today to set up a risk-free consultation and get all your solar energy questions answered. You can’t afford NOT to make the switch!