Upgrading your home to a solar power system is a huge step. You have to decide if you want to use solar power as just a generator backup when traditional energy sources go out. You also need to decide if you want the solar energy to handle other tasks in the home such as acting as the primary heat source during colder months. Before you decide to use solar power as a heating source, there are a few things you should know.
Solar Power Options
The first thing you should know about are the types of solar power options available to you. The first is the traditional option that gathers solar energy through panels located on your roof or on another location on the property. Using this traditional method, solar energy is sent directly to the home.
This is an ideal solution if you have very few days without direct sunlight. If you are like most homeowners, you probably have varying degrees of sunlight, which means that a solar storage option is ideal. This option stores unused collected solar energy into a battery backup. This storage energy is used at times when you may have little to no sun due to rain or other issues.
Solar Panel Options
When you choose the type of power you want, your next choice will be the type of panel system you'd like installed. You can choose traditional solar panels that are placed on top of your roof or to the side of your home. These panels are secured in place by a bracket system and connect to the solar charging station located in your home. The second option is to go with a solar shingle alternative. Solar shingles are placed on your roof line and replace your current shingles. They capture the power just as the solar panels would and send that power to the charging station in your home.
The third option is a direct connect panel system that attaches the panel to your home and connects the panel directly to an energy box which is in turn connected to your heating system. The choice is yours depending on your budget and personal preference.
One of the key points you need to know about upgrading your home to solar energy and heating is the initial cost and installation. You will be spending money to save money in the long run and you will have to consider the cost of not only the materials, but also the installation and set-up. An electrician can handle the set-up for solar heating and other solar items in the home, and some electricians do offer discounts and bundle packages for customers wanting larger solar upgrades. You may also qualify for discounts and tax breaks following the solar power installation.
These are just three things to consider when you upgrade your home to a solar power system for heating. If you have questions, need price estimates, or if you are unsure if solar heating is an option contact your local electrician or contractor, like Middleton's.