Solar panels can be a great way to generate clean electricity for your home. However, in order for them to function properly, they need to be relatively clean. As they spend time outdoors, they can start to get dirty, thanks to the dirt, dust, pollution, leaves, bugs and even bird droppings. Having your solar panels pressure washed by a pressure washing company is important. Here are three reasons why routinely having your solar panels professionally cleaned is important.
Debris Reduces the Ability of Your Panel to Work at Full Capacity
One of the reasons why having solar panels pressure washed is so important is because debris and residue reduce the ability of your solar panels to work at full capacity. It is important to note that there are different types of solar panels on the market, and some are more susceptible to residue being a solar blocker. However, studies have found time and time again that as dirt, dust and other types of residue accumulate on the panels, the panels slowly lose efficiency and are able to convert less solar power into energy.
Debris Can Be Damaging to Your Solar Panels
The second reason why power washing your solar panels is important is that debris can be damaging to your solar panels. Sticks and leaves can accumulate on your panels. When the wind blows, these sticks and leaves can rub against your panels, possibly scratching them. Additionally, bird droppings can be acidic. The longer bird droppings sit on your solar panels, the more damage the feces can do. It is strongly recommended that you cut branches and limbs from nearby trees away from your roof and solar panels to minimize these issues. However, despite routine trimmings, regular cleanings will still be needed.
Dirt and Dust on Solar Panels Can Affect the Curb Appeal of Your Home
The final reason why power washing your solar panels is important is that cleaning helps to increase the curb appeal of your home. As the solar panels spend time outside, the dark black panels start to turn a brown color as they are coated in dirt, dust, pollen and other pollutants. They are dirty, and in turn, they look dirty. Unfortunately, this does not affect just the panels themselves. Anyone who is driving or walking down the street can see the dirty panels and it can decrease the aesthetic and curb appeal of your home. Routinely washing the panels keeps them looking their best and helps your home’s curb appeal.
Pressure washing services, such as us here at Griffs Pressure Washing Services, can properly clean your solar panels, allowing them to function at full capacity, without causing any damage or doing any harm to your panels. If you can look up at your panels and see that they are visibly dirty, now may be the ideal time to have them cleaned. Call us today to schedule your appointment.