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How to Clean Solar Panels

When you think about seasonal home maintenance, chances are that your list includes regular chores like cleaning your gutters and scheduling a roof inspection. But most homeowners tend to forget about their solar panels once they’ve been installed. Nonetheless, just like any other home exterior component, the performance of your solar panels can be impeded by the accumulation of dirt and dust over time.

In this post from Budget Exteriors, our Twin Cities solar panel contractors want to remind homeowners to prioritize solar panel maintenance along with their other home maintenance. Follow this advice to safely clean your solar panels, and then give us a call to schedule seasonal solar panel maintenance!

Why Clean Solar Panels?

It’s easy to remember home maintenance that’s right in front of us. But when it comes to home exterior components we don’t see every day, it can be easy to overlook them. For many Twin Cities area homeowners, anything that’s overhead falls into the category of “out of sight, out of mind.”

It’s also common to assume that rainfall will adequately clean solar panels. Unfortunately, all of that dirt, debris, pollen, and animal residue can build up as the years go by and eventually may even impede your solar panels’ performance. According to some experts, cleaning your solar panels may increase efficiency by as much as 3.5 percent.

How to Clean Solar Panels Safely

The great news about solar panel cleaning is that it’s a safe and easy project most homeowners can perform on their own. Follow these tips to get your solar panels cleaner than they’ve been in years without scratching or otherwise damaging them:

●        Avoid any cleaning products that can be abrasive or leave a film.

●        Only apply a soft sponge that won’t scratch the panels.

●        Avoid using a pressure washer. Instead, a gently applied garden hose is fine.

●        Avoid going on the roof without the right safety equipment. Instead, use a long-handled cleaning tool from the ground.

Because climbing on your roof can be dangerous and your solar panels require special care, it’s always best to call a professional solar panel contractor instead of DIY cleaning. If you’re seeing outsized energy costs, you should have your solar panels checked by a professional solar panel contractor. However, it’s a good idea to have your solar panels checked out once a year to keep them functioning at their top level of performance.

Call Your Twin Cities Solar Panel Contractors

Are you worried about fluctuating energy bills or dirty solar panels? Our expert solar panel installation pros are here to help you maximize your energy savings and keep your panels at peak performance. Call our Twin Cities solar panel installers today at 952.887.1613 or contact us online. We’re ready to help!

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