While you’re busy buying warm winter clothes, you might be wondering if your residential solar panels will work throughout the winter. The good news is they are powered by light, not heat, so they will continue to fuel your home all year round. Lifetime Solar is dedicated to installing effortless, attractive, affordable home solar power systems. With zero down options, locked-in monthly rates and no pre-payment penalty, installing residential solar panels is simple.
As solar panels work by absorbing energy from the sun and converting it to electrical energy, however, they will not be as effective during the dark months. Shorter daylight hours and overcast conditions mean they will often produce proportionately less energy than in summer, but you will still have enough power to warm your house.
The panel’s collectors also need to be kept clear, in order to channel the sun’s radiation and charge the photo-voltaic (PV) cells. Therefore, if there’s a heavy snowfall or the panel is covered in leaves, it’s a good idea to sweep anything off. This will ensure that they are getting access to as much light as possible, before darkness sets in for the night.
At Lifetime Solar, residential solar panel installation uses the most up-to-date technologies and components available on the market today. We design all our solar power systems to the highest engineering standards for optimal energy production today and for decades to come. We manage all aspects of your solar installation in-house, to ensure complete oversight and a seamless transition to solar. Our customer service team is always available if you ever need something.
A common myth is that solar panels do not work during winter, but in contrary, the cold temperature will typically improve solar panel output. The white snow can also reflect light and help improve PV performance. Winter will only hurt solar production if the panels are covered with snow. With Lifetime Solar residential solar panel installation, you will be connected to a real-time 24-hour, seven-days-a-week monitoring system, accessible through any web-enabled device, so you can check your power production from anywhere.
Winter months are actually good for solar energy production, as long as your panels aren’t covered by snow. Like most electronics, solar panels function more efficiently in cold conditions than in hot. This means that your panels will produce more power for each hour of sunshine during the short days of winter.