For homeowners with an interest in going green, there are countless residential roofing options available. Metal roofs are often an enticing choice because they’re 100% recyclable and last for decades. But for those who want to power their home with what’s on top, solar panels are an excellent option.
But depending on where you live, winters can be rough. The days are shorter, the temperatures are colder, and the weather can be snowy and icy. Many homeowners worry about the effectiveness of their solar roof panels during this time of year, or whether they should invest in them at all. However, the good news is that our residential roofing company can install top-quality solar panels on your roof that will serve as an outstanding power source throughout the year. Our general contractors and roofers will make sure your solar panels are in working order even during the harshest of winters. Here are some of the common questions we’re asked about using solar panels in the wintertime:
Do solar panels really work during winter?
Yes! Solar panels actually operate using light, not heat. That means that cold temperatures don’t negatively affect how well solar panels perform. Actually, solar panels tend to work better in cooler weather than when it’s very hot outside! Heat tends to be hard on solar panels and other electronics, so you’ll likely find that the winter months are more efficient as far as energy production. Not only are cooler temperatures better, but when light is reflected off of white snow on the ground, more energy is produced.
Will winter’s cloudy days impact electricity production?
Even when it’s cloudy, your panels will still produce electricity. They need only light to make energy. However, because the days are shorter in winter, your panels won’t produce energy for as long a time period. Our general contractors will ensure that your solar panels are efficient even in low light.
Do I need to remove snow from my solar panels?
Due to their design, your solar panels will actually melt any snow that accumulates. The snow should then slide right off. If you get a ton of snow on your roof, you may need to remove the snow due to excess weight and the time it would take for it to melt. We recommend that you hire a professional to remove the snow rather than trying to do so yourself. But unless there’s a substantial blizzard, you probably won’t need to worry about snow removal.
Can I rely completely on solar power in the winter?
The answer to this depends a bit on where you live. However, if you’re hiring local Nashville residential roofing contractors, it’s possible that you can live solely on solar this winter in Tennessee. In other parts of the country, solar power may not be able to fulfill 100% of your energy needs, but you may actually be surprised by how much these systems can produce in winter. Even if you aren’t able to use solar for everything, the money you’ll save by using supplemental solar energy will be substantial.
Want to find out more about getting residential solar panels installed this year? Contact our general contractors to get started! We’d love to help you lower your energy bills by producing clean solar energy on your own roof.