Do Solar Panels Require Special Maintenance in Winter?

Solar panels are easy to maintain at any time of the year. In fact, one of the things that home and business owners in Canada love about solar energy is that solar panel winter ‘maintenance’ is more about taking precautions with your system than it is physically doing anything to your panels. This is indicative of the panels’ easy maintenance and only necessary for those concerned with their system’s winter performance. What’s more is that net metering ensures home and business owners continue to receive the power they require even in winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight.

To ensure your system operates at an optimal level and that you are using the energy produced as efficiently as possible during the winter months, check out the tips below:

Don’t Remove Snow from the Panels

Although it’s tempting, don’t remove snow from your solar panels. Not only is it dangerous, it’s also unnecessary. Snow hardly interferes with energy production, and does not damage solar panels. Besides, it’s dangerous to venture onto the roof in snowy and/or icy conditions. For safety, just allow the snow to melt and fall off or call a professional team for snow removal. Conversely, if you have ground mounted panels, remove the snow with a soft brush – hard brushes or rakes can damage solar panels.

Energy Efficiency Tips for Homes & Businesses

While solar panels still produce energy in the snow and cold, energy credits acquired through net metering ensure you have adequate power during the winter when the days are shorter. That said, taking simple steps to conserve energy is never a bad idea:

  • Make sure your home is well-insulated and weatherproofed
  • Use energy efficient lighting, such as LED bulbs
  • Turn off the lights and other electronics when not in use
  • Consider installing thermal curtains on the windows
  • If you have a fireplace(s), close the damper when it’s not in use
  • Check for leaks in the air ducts before using the furnace

Have questions about solar energy production in the winter? Wondering where to buy solar panels for your home? Contact us at MiEnergy for answers to all your solar questions and information on some of the most durable and weather-resistant solar panels on the market: 1-877-539-4448.