If you live in Clovis, Fresno, Tulare, Visalia and the surrounding Central Valley area and have been looking into solar, you’ve probably heard a handful of things about solar power, but how do you know what is fact from fiction?
We’re here to help shine a light on the facts. By discussing five of the more common home solar myths you’ll be well informed and moving towards solar savings.
Myth #1: Solar panels don’t produce energy in the fall and winter.
One of the biggest misconceptions tied to solar power is the belief that you need to live in a warm, sunny climate, like we have here in California, in order for the panels to be most effective. While it’s true that sunny environments provide the optimal operating conditions, the reality is that solar panels actually perform better in cooler climates.
Here’s why: The efficiency of solar panels declines as temperatures increase to between 87 and 91 degrees (temperatures frequently reached during summer daytime hours in many temperate parts of the United States.) Like most electric based conductors, solar panel power production works more efficiently in cold temperatures.
In other words, environments that are both cold and sunny, provide optimal operating conditions for solar panels. Even cloudy conditions are not an obstacle to solar power usage. Indirect or diffused sunlight can still help power your home. Cloudy days typically produce about 10 to 20 percent of the power generated on sunny days.
The key takeaway here is that living in a cold place does not prevent you from joining the solar movement.
Myth #2: Home solar systems are too expensive.
Truth: Here at Air Sun Solar, we’ll only recommend a home solar system if it will save you money. With our solar leasing options, you can get started for little to $0 down. You benefit from the locked in rate for the equipment, which is less than your currently paying for power, and your new solar panels produce the energy you need which can help you save up to 50% on your electricity bill. Installation, paperwork, and maintenance is covered with our exclusive 25 year warranty, so all you have to do is sit back and soak up the savings.
Myth #3: I can’t move after installing a home solar system.
Truth: Things change, we get it. That’s why we have an entire team of service transfer experts standing by to help when you decide to sell your home and transfer the system to the new owners. According to National Renewable Energy Labs, homeowners who purchased solar panels sold their homes 20% faster than other homeowners. Selling your home is easy. The hardest part? Saying goodbye to those shiny, money-saving panels.
Myth #4: Solar panels are complicated and high maintenance.
Truth: Solar panels are relatively maintenance free and require nothing more than an occasional water rinsing. Plus with Air Sun Solar’s leasing options, we take care of everything. From the beginning design, installation and financing, we monitor and maintain the panels on your roof while you just pay for the electricity at lower rate than your utility. Now that’s a win-win.
Myth #5: My solar panels will become outdated quickly.
Truth: People often think that they’ll need to replace their panels often to keep up with the latest upgrades. However, like new home appliances, solar panels are a long-term energy investment for your home that’s made to last for years and years. In fact, solar panels made in the ‘80s are still producing clean solar power today.
Now that you know the truth about solar, your future is looking a whole lot brighter. And if it sounds too good to be true, we’re here to tell you that yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Just ask the millions of homeowners who have already made the switch to solar.
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