Are you a proud owner of solar panel installations for your home? Is the decision to switch to solar power as an energy source paying off? Are you starting to feel the benefits of solar energy? If that is the case, we are very glad to hear it. Best Solar Panels is very passionate about spreading the word about solar power and its benefits. As happy as you are with your solar panels, the solar panels must be properly maintained if you want to get 100% out of them. We are here to provide you with some useful tips and tricks on how to properly clean your solar panels.

How to clean solar panels

The first thing you should know about your solar panels is the manufacturer. Not all of the solar panels are the same and there are specific recommendations for cleaning. Solar panels can become incredibly hot during the summer and in the sunshine in general. Make sure that you pick a cooler day to clean the solar panels or do it in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is not shining that brightly. First, you should try using your hose. Usually, a lot of dust and dirt accumulates on the panels and spraying it off with a hose might do the trick, if not you should definitely do it more thoroughly.

Solar panels maintenance tips

Mix some warm water and soap into a spray bottle and climb up the roof, but be careful not to fall down. You do not need any other equipment, except a soft cloth or a sponge. Clean the surface of the solar panel with a sponge or a soft cloth. You do not need to clean the wiring underneath the solar panels. If you do not want to go through this process alone, you can also hire professional solar panel cleaners for the job.

Cleaning your solar panels will definitely increase their efficiency. It is one of the ways to maximize the energy they produce. It is known that dust, dirt, pollen and bird droppings and other debris can negatively affect the efficiency of your solar panels. The rain will not do the job. Solar panels that are cleaned properly can increase the electricity output by 12%.  If not cleaned, solar panels will produce less energy, the energy you will have to rely on the grid for, which means that you will not be saving money as you should be.

Winter is the time when there is more pollution in general, and springtime is the optimal time for cleaning the solar panels. Solar panels that are cleaned once or twice a year produce more energy than those left uncleaned. Cleaning the solar panels is not that different from cleaning windows. It does not take much time and it is not that difficult.

For more information that you might need, give Best Solar Panels a call. We will make sure that all of your questions are answered.