The winters in Idaho can be rough. This is especially true when heavy snow and freezing rain appears. Not only can this weather impact driving conditions, but it can also affect your solar panels. Here are five ways to maintain your solar panels in the winter.
1. Get Rid of Excess Snow
Solar panels are designed to repel snow. However, there are times when the snow gets stuck on or around the panels. When this occurs, you have a few options. You can let the snow melt, sweep the snow panels, or spray the panels with a garden hose.
2. Install Snow Guards
Snow guards offer an ideal way to protect your solar panels in the winter. These guards are physical barriers that prevent mounds of snow from accumulating on your panels. Best of all, it’s relatively inexpensive to install snow guards.
3. Adjust the Angles of the Panels
During the winter, the sun’s rays are often hidden behind thick clouds. Hidden sun rays prevent your panels from receiving an adequate amount of sunlight. To catch as many rays as possible, adjust your solar panels to an angle of 15 degrees.
4. Maintain the Batteries
To optimize your solar panels in the winter, you must maintain your batteries. Be sure to have your batteries installed in an insulated space. Charge your batteries when they’re lower than 12 volts DC. Check your batteries at regular intervals to prevent major problems.
5. Conserve the Energy in Your Home
Your solar panels work better when you take actions that conserve your home’s energy. Properly insulate your home. Fix leaks in air ducts. Use energy-efficient light bulbs. Keep out drafts by installing thermal curtains. Always close the damper after you use your fireplace, and turn off lights that aren’t being used.
At Gietzen Solar, we provide service and maintenance solutions for commercial and residential solar panels in Twin Falls and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation or installation appointment, contact our office today.