Making the decision to go solar can benefit not only the environment, but also your pocketbook. By reducing your reliance on fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and propane, you also reduce your contribution to harmful greenhouse gases. Whether you are ecologically or economically minded — or both — a solar decision is worth taking a second look.
Reviewing these three factors can help you with your decision:
- Your site. Abundant sunshine in Arizona lends itself perfectly to capturing the sun’s rays. However, if your roof is shaded, you’ll be unable to collect sufficient sunshine to power your system. Optimally, you should have an unshaded room that faces south to maximize the benefits of a roof system.
- Your heating requirements. Solar power systems are not generally designed to supply 100 percent of your home’s needs. A reasonable goal is to produce at least 40 percent of your home’s energy requirement. The amount of power the sun can provide your home is directly proportional to the size of your collectors. These collectors capture heat energy from the sun and convert it to usable power for your home. The more collectors, the more energy captured and converted. Ensuring that your home is properly insulated will significantly reduce heat loss and optimize the benefits of your system. Sufficient insulation may even eliminate the need for a supplemental heat source.
- Solar system design. Although most units are roof-mounted, some units are installed on the ground. If you live in a covenant-restricted community, there may be limitations on installing this type of stand-alone ground system. For roof-mounted systems, compliance requirements may include roof-load restrictions or even the aesthetics of your system. If you live in a rural area, a ground-installed system may be the perfect choice.
Hiring experienced professionals who can calculate roof loads, configure electrical wiring systems and install solar systems properly is of utmost importance. For 20 years, Wolff Mechanical has served the entire Phoenix valley. Please contact our team of expertswith any questions you have about going green.
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