Jul 23 Common Questions to Ask Before Your Solar Installation
If you’re considering getting a solar panel system for your home, naturally you are going to have a lot of questions. When it comes to the installation process, we know it sometimes be difficult for homeowners to fully understand. When you sit down for a consultation, here are some of the best questions to ask your Vision Solar representative about solar energy installation.
What types of solar panels are recommended for my home?
There are two types of solar panel systems that we recommend for residential use. Photovoltaic (PV) panels use an electric field and inverter to convert the sun’s energy into AC electricity, which can be used throughout the home. Solar thermal panels, on the other hand, convert the sun’s energy into a heat source that can provide your home with hot water and warmth as well as heat your swimming pool. During your free, no-obligation consultation, be sure to ask Vision Solar which type is appropriate for your home. In some cases, a combination of the two might be best.
What is the average lifespan of a solar panel system?
For the investment you’re about to make, you deserve to know how long your solar panel installation will last you. Generally, systems rated for 6-8 hours of daily sunlight conversion carry a lifespan of 20 or more years, with many reportedly lasting upwards of 30-40 years. Don’t forget to ask your Vision Solar representative about any manufacturer warranties available with your purchase, as warranties typically span 10-20 years.
How will solar energy installation affect the value of my home?
This answer will vary depending on numerous factors, such as your property’s location, size, and how many solar panels you install. But research sponsored by the Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory states that buyers are looking for homes with rooftop solar panels – and are willing to pay more for them. According to the data, buyers are willing to spend an additional $15,000 for a home with a solar panel system. It’s important to note, however, that home value will only increase if solar panels are purchased, not leased. Homes with solar have been proven to sell quicker than a home without solar. Be sure to ask us for more information about the value of your specific property.
Will I need additional insurance for my home following solar power installation?
Again, this answer will vary from homeowner to homeowner, but most standard homeowner insurance policies adequately cover solar panel protection. Most policies also meet requirements for an interconnection agreement with your local utility company. In some cases, you’ll need to provide proof of insurance to your utility company, but your standard policy should suffice. We can help you navigate this step in the process when the time comes.