Generally, you want to avoid having anything collect on the surface of your solar panels. This will block the photovoltaic cells from absorbing sunlight and turning it into electricity for your home. One of the most common things that can build up on the surface of solar panels is snow. To help you learn proper solar panel snow removal, Vision Solar has put together some simple methods for you to follow.
Let It Melt
This is an easy one to follow. When snow builds up on your solar panels, just wait for it to melt away. Solar panels are usually installed at an angle steep enough that will allow the snow to slide off without you having to worry about it at all. The sun will also help you out by melting the snow and making it easier to glide away. By letting gravity take care of it, you don’t have to worry about climbing on a slippery roof.
Use a Hose
If there are some pesky piles of snow that are sticking on the panels, then your next step is to use a hose. The water from your hose should easily wash away any of the snow that has accumulated while also breaking it up so it’s not solid as it runs down your roof. While it may be tempting, avoid using hot water at all costs when spraying water on your solar panels. Heating up the tempered glass that makes up the cold solar panels can cause them to crack. Use cold or room temperature water to get the job done.
Sweep It Away
If you can’t reach your panels with a hose and it’s not melting away by itself, then it may be time to try more involved methods. You can sweep the snow away using a roof rake or long pole that has a soft material at the end like a squeegee. This method is not always recommended for a couple of reasons. First, the snow that you dislodge could fall on you and cause injury. If there is a large buildup of snow on the panels, don’t bother with trying to clear it and wait for it to melt. Also, you could scrape the surface of the solar panels, reducing their efficiency in collecting power. That is why a squeegee is recommended at the end of the pole, as its soft surface isn’t abrasive to the glass.
Call a Professional
When in doubt, don’t put yourself at risk of injury – simply call a professional in solar panel snow removal. They will possess the training and equipment to safely clear away your snow without harming the panels. The cost of hiring a professional will be offset by any potential personal harm or loss of efficiency on your solar panel investment in the long run, not to mention the time you will save trying to devise a way to reach the snow on your roof.
Let It Snow
When it comes to removing snow from your solar panels, it’s important to keep in mind that simple is usually better. Most of the time it will take care of itself, but if not, it’s better not to risk your safety and have an expert handle it. If you’d like to add value to your home and make an impact on the environment, contact Vision Solar to learn more about installation or request a free quote online.