Summer means that the sun is out but does it also mean that solar panels are able to generate more power? In today’s post, one of the area’s most trusted commercial roofers, WestPro, Inc., discusses how summer affects the efficiency of solar panels.
Solar Panels and Summer Heat
Solar panels convert sunlight into energy, which provides power to homes and businesses. Many may think that solar panels require heat to function, as they need sunlight. However, the summer heat isn’t always beneficial for the equipment.
While solar panels utilize sunlight to produce energy, they don’t need heat. Surprisingly, solar panels may become less efficient by 10 to 25 percent on warm, dry days of 90 degrees or higher. This means that the warmer the conditions are, the less efficient solar panels become. Solar panels are more efficient on cold, sunny days.
At WestPro, Inc., we offer GAF DecoTech® Solar Roofing, which is supported by a 25-year warranty. This sustainable roof replacement option eliminates the risk of leaks and animal infiltration, in contrast to usual rack-mounted panels. Unlike traditional solar panels, DecoTech is actually integrated into your roofing system, giving it a sleek and sophisticated look.
Maximize Solar Performance
Make the most of your solar panel system by using large appliances during the day. Obviously, solar panels produce more energy during the day than at night, so it’s better to, say, wash your clothes or run your dishwasher at midday. Conversely, conserve energy by limiting your energy use at night. It should be easy in the summer since the days are longer and the nights are shorter.
For your roofing, gutters and siding needs, choose WestPro, Inc. We are your leading provider of roof repair and replacement services. Call us at (303) 532-4968 or fill out our online form for a free quote. We serve clients in Boulder, CO, and the surrounding areas.