If you have solar panels, you know what a pain it can be when they are dirty and covered in debris. In a fact, a study shows that dirty solar panels can cause a 25% decrease in efficiency. This is why it is important to clean your solar panels every so often. You may be wondering how to clean your solar panels, well you’re in luck! The Solar Professionals have put together a guide to help you clean your solar panels and keep them running smoothly and efficiently.
Best Way To Clean Solar Panels
While dirt, leaves, and more can be washed away by the next rainfall, other factors can cause your solar panels to become dirty. For these, the best way to clean the solar panel is with simple soap and water, preferably dish soap. Think of it just like you are washing your car. You shouldn’t use a hard brush with bristles, rather use sponges that are soft and bristle free. In addition, you should never use a power washer on your solar panels. These steps will best protect against scratches and harming your solar panels.
It is also important to note that you should first contact your solar panel provider to see if there are any specific instructions on cleaning your specific panels. Some providers may have directions that best fit the type of solar panels that you have.
Many providers will give you instructions on how to power down your solar panels before you go to clean them. This is important as it will help prevent damage or harm to the person cleaning them.
How Often To Clean Your Solar Panels
At the Solar Professionals, we recommend cleaning your solar panels around every 6 months. Doing so will keep your system running smoothly and will also reduce the risk of causing any damage or becoming too much of a burden on the system’s owner.
Save Money by Cleaning!
Did you know that you can actually save money on your bills! By allowing grime to pile up on your panels and become dirty, you are causing them to become less efficient and are jacking up your energy bill. Keep an eye on your bill each month to make sure your panels are running as efficiently as possible. If you notice the price going up, it is probably time to clean the panels or perform other forms of maintenance.
At the end of the day, cleaning your solar panels is not as difficult of a job as it may seem. You can do it yourself or call in a professional to help with any maintenance problems that you may have. That’s where the Solar Professionals can help! Contact us about our NEW solar panel cleaning service! Our professionals are always happy to help.