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How To Choose The Right Solar Panels For Your Home

One of the biggest questions asked about solar energy is how to choose the right solar panels for your home.  Why is this such a popular question?  Why is it imperative to choose the right solar panels for your home?  Simple – the solar panels that you choose to install on your home will have a key impact on how efficient and cost-effective your new solar system is.

So, how do you choose the right solar panels for your home?  There are a few important factors to consider:

1. The Cost Of The Solar Panels – this should not be the most important factor, but it should definitely weigh into the equation.  What you are looking for in solar panels for your home is a balance between the cost of the solar panels and their performance.  In other words, the best solar panels for your home would be the best performing solar panels that are the most affordable.

2. The Efficiency Of The Solar Panels – the more efficient your solar panels, the more power they are able to produce.  A high-efficiency system will give you more bang for your buck.  Typically, solar panels for homes have efficiencies between 10 and 20% (this is the percentage of the light that hits them that they are able to convert into electricity).  Again, you want to choose the most efficient, while still affordable, solar panels for your home.

3. The Durability Of The Solar Panels – there is no point in investing in solar panels for your home if they aren’t going to last for many years to come.  Most good solar panels, especially those used in larger grid tie and off grid solar systems for homes will come with a pretty good length warranty – typically in the 15-30 year range.  The longer the warranty on your solar panels, the more at ease you can be about the long-term performance and cost-effectiveness of your solar investment.

4. The Type Of Solar Panels – there are 4 main types of solar panels; mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline, amorphous and flexible.  For the most part, the only two types of solar panels used for homes are poly-crystalline and mono-crystalline.

Those are four of the most important factors to consider when choosing solar panels for your home.  Some other factors that you should definitely consider are the recommendations of friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances that have had solar panels installed on their home before.  Remember that a good recommendation from a trusted source is worth infinitely more than sales pitches, technical specifications or anything else.