Ever thought about how your calculator works without having to ever change the batteries? Chances are it’s powered by the sun using tiny solar cells. As long as there’s sufficient light, your calculator should keep going and going.
Solar panels for your home work in just the same way except on a much larger scale. They are in effect giant semi-conductors. Their job is to cleverly absorb the light’s energy and extract the electrons. These electrons are controlled by magnetic fields and if metal is placed either above or below the solar panels then energy can be withdrawn from the electrons and be used to power a whole number of devices, gadgets, and machinery.
Just like when your pocket calculator doesn’t work so well because it’s dusty or dirty, the same can be said for solar panelling placed on your house. The key to maintaining a good source of electricity is sufficient sun (although they will work on cloudy days too) and well maintained (that means clean) panelling.
With this in mind, what’s the best way to clean solar panels?
The thing to remember is that any build up of dust, dirt, bird droppings, debris, and grease will affect the panels’ ability to absorb the sun’s rays so the dustier your area, the more frequently you’ll need to have them cleaned. To do this is a fairly simple process. Firstly if your panelling appears to be simply dusty then a good swish with a garden hose should do the trick. Obviously rain will do the same job and although we don’t like rainy days, when it does, at least it’s cleaning your solar panels.
If on the other hand your panelling requires a little more cleaning due to a build up of dirt, grease, and/or bird droppings, then a bucket of warm soapy water and a squeegee or sponge on the end of a large pole will do the trick. Once you’ve given them a good scrub, then remove any remaining soap particles with a hose.
Most solar panels are easily reached with a ladder, but if yours are exceptionally high or you don’t fancy climbing a ladder what can you do then?
The best thing is to leave it to the professionals. A quick look through the local phone book or the internet will bring about an abundance of companies who clean and maintain solar panels so you really have no excuses for not keeping your panelling in tip top condition.
Here at Static Electrics we’ve been designing, fitting, and maintaining solar panels for many years so if you have any solar panel issues, or simply need advice, then why not give us a ring on 0429 139 039 and talk to our friendly and experienced team who can help.