Can Colder Weather Negatively Affect My Solar Panels?

Solar panels serve a vital purpose. They capture sunlight and convert its rays into electricity. This converted electricity can be stored in batteries to provide power when the sun goes down. The conversion process should work well, but concerns arise about weather changes and their effect on solar equipment. Do the dark days of winter have a damaging impact on solar panels?

Some Sunlight Loss

The sun can shine brightly even on the coldest winter day. So, in this respect, the change of the seasons makes no difference to solar panels. When wintertime clouds roll in, however, there can be less sunlight available overall. The panels will still produce electricity but not at the same volume.

Sunlight and Panel Positioning

Altering the solar panels’ angle might be necessary to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. During the winter, the sun’s apparent position in the sky differs from what we experience in the summer. Adjusting the angle at which a solar panel sits can put it more directly into the path of the sunlight. The system should then operate at peak efficiency. If you require assistance with this or any other task related to your solar power system, rely on Honey's Air & Solar for expertise.

Winter Storms Won’t Usually Cause Damage

Fear that how rain, snow, sleet and hail might damage solar panels often cause concern for those who own solar panels, but they should put their minds at ease on this count. Solar panel production today creates products that can withstand even the harshest winter weather. Heavy winds and hail aren’t likely to shatter them. Even the crushing weight of massive snowfall should have no detrimental effect. Snow, however, would need to be safely cleared away since it can block the delivery of sunlight. Solar panels can be damaged by tornadoes and hurricanes, but these storms can also destroy the structure on which the panels are mounted, and this type of weather occurs in the summer.

Wind, Dirt and Debris

Heavy winter winds can blow twigs, leaves and more onto the solar panels. Like snow, this debris could block sunlight from getting through. A thorough cleaning may be necessary to restore a clear path for sunlight.

Besides solar sales and installation, Honey's Air & Solar in Modesto supports area residents with heating and cooling repair, installation and maintenance. We’re available to help customers through all four seasons, so call us today to request service.

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