By now, you’ve heard a lot about solar panels. Some of it might even be true.
While solar panels have been around for a long time, they still might feel “new” to a lot of people. And with new solutions come a lot of myths and rumors about how it all works.
Let’s cut through the mythology and find out what it’s really like owning solar panels:
Myth #1: Solar panels provide inconsistent power when it’s cloudy
Truth: A Proper Solar System keeps your house humming. Solar energy can be stored in batteries so that you can access your power even when the sun’s not shining through a clear blue sky. The myth about solar power says that if a cloud interrupts your access to the sun, your TV will shut off and your lights will dim. That’s not really how it works.
The truth is, solar power is a remarkably self-sufficient way to power your home. And when you experience the stable, all-night-long energy made possible by solar power, you’ll see that cloudy days aren’t the villainous threat you were told they were.
Myth #2: Cold weather is bad for solar energy efficiency.
Truth: Cold, sunny days are among the most efficient there are. If you think that temperature has an effect on solar power, you’re right. Cold weather can actually enhance the electricity flow, according to Solar Power Authority.
That means that cold weather isn’t necessarily bad for your solar panels—in some cases, it means more efficiency, especially on clear days. Cold weather may mean there isn’t a lot of heat from the sun getting through—but it doesn’t mean the light isn’t.
Myth #3: Solar panels must get in the way somehow.
Truth: Not necessarily. Since solar panels are virtually silent, there’s no need to worry about some sort of hum bothering you. And if you install solar panels on your roof, you’ll have absolutely no blockage of sight whatsoever—unless you’re in the habit of looking at the top of your own roof.
Solar panels can also be positioned away from your favorite view on the property so that they have maximum exposure to the sun without obstructing anything you want to see. This does depend on your individual property, but if you have enough sky access, chances are it won’t be a problem in the least.
When considering solar panels for your home, do yourself a favor: look for the facts about solar panels—and not the myths. The facts will serve you much better.