Are you wondering whether or not you need solar panel cleaning in Perth? When can you take care of it yourself and when should you call an expert? Here’s the low-down.
So, do you need solar panel cleaning in Perth?
The short answer is yes, you do need to clean your solar panel system from time to time. Dirty panels won't be creating electricity as efficiently as clean solar panels. How often you need to depends on where you live, how much dirt/dust settles on your roof, and how often it rains.
The biggest enemy to solar panels is dust. As you’ll know if you’ve lived in Western Australia for a while, rain can’t be depended upon. After a long dry spell – especially when those desert winds have been blowing – your solar panels can end up covered in dust, grit and dirt, making them far less efficient. The more filth there is, the less of each panel can absorb the sun’s rays. And for your home and business, that means less energy.
What’s more, in the longer term, dirty solar panels, like any poorly-maintained gear, don’t tend to last as long. Taking care of solar panel cleaning in Perth might cost a bit of time or money in the short term, but it’s a lot cheaper than replacing panels down the track. You can think of it as a long-term investment.
What does solar panel cleaning in Perth involve?
For a start, as most panels will be sitting on the roof, you shouldn’t be cleaning them yourself. Climbing around on your roof might sound like fun, but it can be dangerous work. Risks must be managed appropriately. Particularly if you have a two or three-storey house or have a steep roof, it would be best to call in an expert.
Next up, solar panel cleaning in Perth should take place on a grey day – or at first light. Not only is the sun beating down on a cleaner’s head a health risk, it also causes cleaning fluids to disappear quickly. Before starting, it’s a good idea to give the panels a thorough examination, looking for damage.
You'll basically need window cleaning tools for simple dust and mild grime, or even car cleaning equipment should do the job. Cleaning can be done effectively with simply water and dishwashing liquid. Having other tools, like extended reach poles, can definitely help. Safety harnesses are a must!
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