Is My House a Candidate for Solar?

If you have ever considered purchasing solar panels, you probably are wondering if your home is a good candidate for it. You may be considering if solar is cost-effective, if your roof is suitable, and many more questions. There are different aspects to explore regarding solar, that will help you decide if your house is a candidate for this green source of energy. The following questions are ones that we typically ask of all homeowners that are considering solar. You can ask yourself these questions to decide if you are a good candidate.

Is Your Home Good for Solar?

How Much Do You Spend on Your Energy Bill?

If you know how much you are spending on energy each month, this will be the first step when it comes to deciding if you are a good candidate for solar. The main thing you want to confirm is that switching to solar will save you money. If you live in an area where the electricity is not expensive, it may not be worth it. For other people, your electricity bill may be incredibly expensive!

If your monthly electricity bill is at least $75, then you are most likely a good candidate for solar. This is because solar replaces standard energy with solar energy, which means you want to spend less than what you were spending before. You can do this, but paying less for your energy and selling your excess. The main plan is that you should end up paying less than you currently pay.

What Roof Do You Currently Have?

If you have a weak roof, then solar panels may not be the best option for you. Strong roofs made of durable materials such as composite or asphalt shingles, or even concrete tile are the best candidates. You can still go solar with a roof made from clay with mortar or composite metal, but you will need to make sure you have chosen a professional to install your panels properly. You need to keep your roof healthy to protect your investment.

What Condition is Your Roof in?

If your roof is near the end of its life, then you may want to replace it before you install solar panels. Most solar panels have an expected 40 years of use. This means that your roof would need to be removed, and a new one reinstalled, before installing them. When you have a roof that is in good condition, you can then install the solar panels because you will be able to leave them on the roof for a while.

How Much Access to Sunlight Does Your Roof Have?

Another way to decide if your home is a good candidate for solar power is to see how much sunlight your roof receives. Typically solar panels facing south capture more energy. This means that your roof angle and tree shading will affect how much energy your panels will be able to process. The more direct sunlight your home receives, the more energy you can produce. Unfortunately, excessive shading will reduce how much energy you can generate. All of this depends on how your solar panels are installed, so make sure you take note!

What is the Climate Where You Live?

Generating solar energy can be possible in many different climates. Even if you live in Seattle where it is rainy, or if you live in Arizona where the sun often shines year-round. Because our solar panels are high-efficiency panels, they will be able to convert both direct and indirect light to electricity. When you have one of our solar consultants come to your home, we can let you know what your potential savings might be.

Set Up Your Free Consultation Today

If you would like to find out about how you could be saving with Harmon Solar, give us a call today at (800) 281-3189. If you live in the Phoenix area, it is good to note that the typical home solar system installation requires approximately 500 square feet.

When we come out to give you an estimate, we can calculate how much capacity you will need. We will also determine the best place to mount your solar panels for efficiency. Most homes in the Phoenix area are good candidates for solar power. Contact Harmon Solar to make the switch today.