Once you have had solar panels installed on your roof, you may not think about them much. You might take the extra savings on your energy bill for granted after a while, as your solar panels continue to do their job. Yet without proper care, maintenance and protection, they will work inefficiently and could suffer damage. Here are four ways you can protect solar panels from damage.
1. Trim your trees
Ensure that any trees around your home are trimmed well back and away from the roof. Branches and other debris could fall off and land on your solar panels, especially during high winds or storms, and cause damage. It’s also wise not to plant any trees near your home that could one day grow tall enough to cause a problem for your solar panels.
2. Deter animals
You need to make sure none of Australia’s rich and diverse wildlife is choosing to make your solar panels home. Animals can cause a number of problems, from breaking panels to chewing wires, which could increase the risk of fire. Make sure to routinely check that no animals are living on, in or around your solar panels.
3. Prepare for extreme weather
Although Perth is usually warm and dry, that doesn’t mean the occasional thunderstorm doesn’t hit, and a lightning strike could seriously damage your solar panels. You could install a lightning conductor on your property or construct a discharge path to the ground to safely redirect lightning away.
4. Clean them
Dust, rain marks, bird droppings and pollen can all create a barrier of dirt that will prevent your solar panels working as they should. Although it is important to clean them regularly, you shouldn’t attempt to do this by yourself; aside from the dangers of working at height, you may not have the equipment needed to give your solar panels a thorough clean. However, an experienced solar panel cleaning company in Perth will, and by using their service, you can be sure that your solar panels will continue to work efficiently.