The prospect of going solar can be very exciting. Imagine the cost savings with little or no monthly electric bill. However, before you get started, it’s important to think carefully about some considerations that can impact the efficiency and value of a system.
1. Your Landscaping
It’s a given that solar panels require direct sunlight. So, take a close look around your home. If you have considerable shading from trees, you will have to determine the effectiveness of solar panels. A qualified solar contractor can help you determine the best location for panels based on your landscaping and position of your home.
2. Your Home’s Efficiency
Before you consider solar panels, it’s a wise idea to correct inefficiencies like leaky air ducts, unsealed, single-pane windows, aging HVAC systems and more. With a home energy audit, inefficiencies can be revealed and then corrected so that you can maximize the value of any home solar system.
3. The Condition of Your Roof
If your roof is hitting the end of the road, so to speak, you will want to replace or repair it prior to the installation of a home solar system. If you may be replacing your roof in the next several years, you’ll want to carefully consider the cost of removing panels to make way for roof work versus waiting and getting the repairs done first.
4. Your Time in Your Home
Are you staying in your home for decades? Or, are you considering a move in the next year or two? This factors into whether or not you should go solar. Yes, solar does add value to any home, however you may not necessarily get dollar for dollar in a resale of a system. Thus, it’s a wise financial decision to choose solar when you know you can benefit from at least a few years of energy savings to increase your return on investment.
5. Your HOA Regulations
According to Arizona statutes, no homeowners’ association can prevent solar installations. However, they can restrict some of the visual aspects of the installation. So, it’s a good idea to discuss any future plans of a solar installation with your HOA before you sign a contract.
Want to learn more about the advantages of a home solar system? Contact the experts at Cool Blew Solar today.