Shifting to solar is one of the wisest choices you can make, but going solar is not as simple as you might think. Before making any decision, you need to do thorough research into the factors to consider when buying solar panels and seek professional help.
We have prepared this blog addressing common mistakes when buying solar panels and how you can avoid them.
Common Mistakes to Avoid when investing in Solar Panels
1. Not knowing your home requirements and the ideal solar panel size
If any installers recommend a one size fits all approach, don’t fall for it. Every home is unique and has different energy expectations. Therefore, you need a solar panel size that fits your home energy needs.
Finding the right installer will ensure that these needs are met. An experienced installer will observe your energy habits, ask you about your energy and financial expectations and will provide you with the best quote within your budget.
As experienced installers, we consider all these factors and more while doing your home survey before the installation:
- The house size
- Future goals and long-term plans
- Your energy usage
2. Not considering all types of solar panel
Every solar panel varies as per the material and cost. If you are wondering ‘what type of panels should I be looking for?,’ consider our list below. There are three main types of solar panels:
- Monocrystalline – The oldest, most developed and most efficient solar panel. These are the most expensive types of panels.
- Polycrystalline – A newer type of solar panel that has gained popularity because of its lower price. The only issue with it, is its lower efficiency rate.
- Thin Film – The latest type of solar panel available. The lightweight build and affordable pricing provide a better opportunity for customers. The only issue is its output which is lower than the other two types.
3. Minimal focus on the installation process
Shifting to solar is not an easy task. You need to research the many factors to consider when buying solar panels, select certified brands & expert installers, and check their installation process. A poor installation can cost you more than you save on these solar panels. It will result in more breakdowns, reduce efficiency and cause roofs to leak.
Therefore, while doing any solar panel installation, we ask our clients to check and understand the installation process with us.
4. Not reading warranty conditions
If you want a quality product, you should carefully read the warranties before buying any solar system. A solar system usually comes with four different warranties. It includes:
- Solar Panels have 25+ years performance warranty with linear efficiency loss.
- 10+ years product warranty from the manufacturers.
- 2-5 years installation warranty from the installers.
- The standard inverter should have a warranty of 5 years and 10+ years on premium inverters.
Whenever you get any solar power system, ensure it covers all these warranties and choose a certified company. You can check our website for more information on the warranties that top brands offer on their products.
5. Ignoring your roof’s sustainability
Most people prefer solar panel installation on roofs but don’t pay attention to the roofs’ condition. If the roofing can’t last for more than ten years, you should have the roof repaired before installing solar panels.
Repairing the roof before a solar system installation will save labour and disposal costs. Also, you will enjoy your solar energy benefits during the entire period of the solar system warranty. You can connect with our consultants to get help in evaluating your roof strength before a solar panel installation.
6. Neglecting the solar brand
Installing solar panels is a long-term investment. Therefore you need reliable and certified solar brands that stick with you throughout the period. Research the brand you want to buy and read the customer reviews. It will help you to get an efficient system with brand reliability.
7. Not asking the right questions
Most mistakes and misconceptions happen when you don’t clear your doubts before buying the solar system. Asking the right questions like those given below will help you to get the best quotes.
What questions should you ask before purchasing solar panels?
- Is your company CEC certified?
Clean Energy Council certifies installers and brands for solar installation. A company that is not CEC approved probably doesn’t meet the criteria for a safe and secure solar installation.
- How long has your company been active in solar panel installation?
Asking this question will help you to learn about the company’s experience. So you can choose the most reliable company with expertise in solar installation.
- Which solar panel brands do you deal with?
You should know which brands the solar installer deals in to understand if they offer tier 1 solar panels or not.
Even small mistakes in solar installation can ruin your solar experience. That’s why it’s essential to research and understand every aspect of the solar system. We hope this blog will help you avoid any possible mistakes you can make regarding choosing a solar panel installation.
If you don’t know where to seek more information or advice, then check out our website for more information or give a call to our solar installation consultants and ask away your queries.