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Tips When Installing Solar Panels

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Nowadays, more and more people are considering replacing their old source of electric energy to solar energy. Solar energy is more affordable and is nature friendly.

To get energy from the sun, photovoltaic panels must be installed in the roof in a way that it can convert the radiation of the sun into electrical energy. Then, the energy is channeled to a different tool or mechanism or stored in battery for future use.

Here are some tips in installing solar panels to your home:

  1. Attach panel mounts to the roof.

  2. Drill the mounts to the rafters with the use of a pilot bit and stud finder. It is preferable to get a laser sigh to ascertain that the mounts are straight.

  3. Make certain to secure the mounts to the roof with using a stainless lag bolt. Metal flashings should be replaced over the mounts.

  4. Use 3/8 stainless steel bolts in securing the metal rails to serve as foundation for the hard-wired panels.

  5. Use reflective coating on the roof and connect solar panels to a converter.

  6. Solar panels should be placed in a place that gets full sun exposure for most of the day, particularly on the south side. You may also choose to set up solar panels on either the east or west.

  7. Solar panels should be tilted in such a way that it gets ample sun heat. The degree of tilt of the panels will depend on the latitude on which they are installed. Panels installed from nine to 15 degrees latitude must tilt to 15 degrees. Panels installed from 15 to 25 degrees must tilt the same as the latitude.

  8. Make sure that the completed rack system will allow the solar panels at least three to six inches off the roof to function well when there is sufficient airflow around and under them.

  9. Use restraining hardware in securing solar panels to the racking system. The hardware comes with solar panels when you buy. Manufacturers have their own hardware, which is designed particularly for their own sets of panels.

  10. Make certain to test the panels to find out if they are securely anchored. Ascertain that the racking systems and solar panels are grounded properly in accordance to the local electrical codes in your place.

Get all the necessary permits before installing solar panels in your home. Determine from the local zoning and building department regarding the requirements in your locality. If you cannot secure the permits before you install or unable to accomplish installation in adherence to your local building codes, you may be required to remove all your hard work and start all over again.

Solar panel installation is a wonderful do-it-yourself project, which depends on how well you work with your hands. Furthermore, installing and using solar panels in your home helps you save a lot of money on energy costs.

Take into consideration installing solar panels in your home today, enjoy a definite reduction in your electricity costs, and help in nature preservation.
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