Tips for Cleaning Solar Panels

Having solar panels installed on your home allows you to rely on the natural energy from the sun to power some of your home's electricity. This can help you to cut back on your energy costs over time. However, the only way to ensure that your solar power investment is protected is to make sure that it is cared for. This means that your solar panels need to be cleaned regularly to ensure that dust, dirt and grime do not accumulate on the surface of the panels and reduce their effectiveness as at retaining the sun's rays as a result. Before you try to clean your home's solar panels on your own, you should be aware of the most helpful cleaning tips that are designed to make things simpler and allow for the best results possible.

Overcast

It is suggested that you choose to clean your solar panels on a day that is overcast. This is recommended because if you do clean the solar panels when the sun is beating down, the dirt and grime will smear over the panels when you try to wipe it away. The water that you are using to clean with might evaporate too quickly and you will be unable to remove all dirt and grime from the surface of the panels. It is even a good idea to begin cleaning your solar panels early in the morning when it is still overcast and dew has accumulated on the panels overnight. You can use the dew that has accumulated on the panels to clean them and will require the use of less water, which helps you to save energy.

Water

You should always be conscious of the type of water that you are using when cleaning your solar panels. It is important that the water does not contain high amounts of hard minerals. These hard minerals can leave deposits that will dry on the surface of the solar panels and will make them less effective at accumulating the sun's rays. Water with less hard minerals should always be used for the last rinse on the solar panels when possible. If hard mineral water is all that you have access to, just be sure that you squeegee the panels thoroughly.

Soft Brush

It is best that you do not add harsh chemicals to your cleaning water. Most cleaners and detergents will cause streaking on your solar panels. This means that you should clean the panels with water alone and use a soft brush for scrubbing away grime or bird poop that has accumulated.

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