Dispelling common misconceptions about residential solar power in California
August 11, 2021at7:00 AM
Making the switch to solar energy is a big decision. While solar is getting to be more and more into the mainstream, it’s not uncommon to have some reservations about switching. At SolarSwitch, we can help ease your mind by dispelling some common misconceptions about residential solar power in California. Read our short guide to see what some people are incorrectly assuming about solar panels and their homes.
Solar panels don’t work when it’s cold
Have you ever noticed how the fan in your computer kicks on after you’ve been working for a while? This is not only to keep your hard drive from overheating but it cools the circuits so electricity flows through them more easily. The same goes for solar panels. Rather than being charged by heat energy, solar panels are charged by the actual light itself. It’s important to understand that solar panels are popular in warm climates simply because of the amount of yearly sunlight the areas get, not because of the heat. Your solar panels will actually work more efficiently on cool, sunny days than they will on days when it’s blisteringly hot.
Solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy
The ability of solar panels to collect light on a cloudy day is greatly underestimated. When it comes to solar energy working in weather when it’s overcast, think back to the ability to function in cold weather. It’s the energy from the visible light, not the heat, that the panels are collecting. If there was no visible light to be collected on a cold day, it would be as dark as nighttime. Sunlight can still filter through cloud cover and reach your solar panels so you won’t be without solar power on an overcast day. While it won’t be as efficient because there’s less sunlight, your panels will still work.
Solar panels will hurt the resale value of my home
Solar panels hurting the value of your home couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, studies have shown that homebuyers are willing to pay an extra $15,000 for a home that has solar panels compared to a comparable home without them. If you worry about putting money into your home that you won’t get back, you can take advantage of tax credits and rebates that will help to offset the cost. This will help to ease the financial burden of your solar panels while adding to your home’s equity.
Solar panels require a lot of maintenance
Technology in building solar panels has come a long way over the years. Solar panels have gotten to be more efficient and durable so you don’t have to worry about too much regular maintenance. While it might not be a bad idea to have someone inspect your panels periodically, they’ll often function for many years without any problems. Even so, most solar panels come with a 25-year warranty so any issues you have will likely be covered.
Book a free consultation
Get in touch with our team today to book a free consultation. At SolarSwitch, we try to make the change over to residential solar power in California seamless and easy. We have a team of experts who can answer all your questions about how solar works and outline the benefits of making the switch. Give us a call at 831-236-6877 or send a message to learn more. If you book a consultation online, please keep in mind that no appointments are confirmed until you receive a confirmation from our team.