We’ve gathered the top 5 most common questions we get when talking about solar panels for the home:
1) How long does it take to install? This one depends entirely on where you live. The number and availability of certified solar panel installers varies greatly by region. Once you get your appointment, the actual installation is easy and usually only takes a day or two. Want to see what options look like in your area? Enter your zip code here to reach solar panel installers in your area.
2) What are the upfront costs to installation? The growth in popularity of solar panels means that customers today have more options than ever. Most homeowners will take advantage of zero down financing, free installation, and other promotional offers which will allow them to pay little or nothing during setup. This means that homeowners can reduce their bills on day 1, and the combined monthly cost of the solar panels and the energy used will be much lower than their current electric bill.
3) Do I need to replace my roof to install solar panels? a. No. Your roof needs to get plenty of sun and be in good shape overall, but your solar panels will fit right over your existing roof without any effect on the overall roofing structure.
4) Which type of solar panel should I get? a. If you’ve spent any time researching solar panels, you’ve probably heard a lot about photovoltaics, mono- and polycrystalline, and maybe even thin-film solar cells. They each offer different advantages in price and efficiency, but all accomplish the same task: converting your sun to energy. Which kind is right for you is dependent upon how much sun you’re getting and how much you’re willing to spend up front. Take advantage of a free consultation from your local solar professional to find the best option for you.
5)Can I buy solar panels and install them myself, or with my handyman? a. You can, but this is not recommended. Maximizing the benefit of your solar panels requires perfect alignment and positioning on your roof. Professionals who do this every day will have better products and procedures to install a high production system than the average handyman. And typically better prices, as well.