Across New South Wales, more and more residents are starting to invest in solar panels for their home or business. From the Hunter Valley to Newcastle, Solar panels are becoming a frequent sight in every neighbourhood – and it’s no surprise. Solar technology has made outstanding advancements in recent years, with the cost of solar panel installations becoming more affordable for the average Australian household.
Installing solar panels offers an incredible source of electricity for your property, while simultaneously lowering your impact on the environment, but there is much to consider before deciding to install solar panels in New South Wales.
At Aztech Solar, we’re always trying to help homeowners reduce their energy consumption and save money on electricity. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see homeowners make when going solar as well as some tips on how to avoid making the same errors.
Mistake 1: Thinking a solar panel installation will ruin the look of your home
Some residents of New South Wales put off having solar panels installed on the roof of their home because they think it detracts from the overall look of the property. However, once they learn of the benefits of having solar panels installed, even sceptical homeowners usually sway their opinion.
While you may not consider solar panels to be the most visually appealing asset to your home, the value you’ll save on your energy bills for the next 10 or 20 years will certainly make you consider changing your mind.
Solar panels are the energy of the future and are no longer an unusual sight to see on the rooftops of the homes in our neighbourhoods. Many solar panel installations in New South Wales are discreet, modern and can be designed around the look of your property.
Mistake 2: Installing new solar panels on an old roof
We always recommended that our customers have a professional roof inspection before installing solar panels. A roof inspection will ensure that your property’s roof will withstand the weight of solar panels and remain structurally sound for the duration that the solar panels will remain on the roof.
While having to replace your roof will raise the cost of having solar panels installed, it’s likely that you won’t need to reroof again until it comes time to replace your solar panel system.
If you decide to have solar panels installed on an old roof, you run the risk of having to replace your roof after you have installed your new solar panel system. If this happens, you will have extensive labour costs to pay for removing and replacing the solar panels so that the reroofing process can take place.
Mistake 3: Hiring a solar panel installer based on price, not experience
Before agreeing to hire any contractor, make sure that you’ve done enough research into the quality of their work. While it may be tempting to hire the cheapest solar panel installer in New South Wales you come across, this is likely to cost you more money in the long run. If you hire a solar panel installer with inadequate experience, you could face future costly repairs to your property and risk your safety.
Aztech Solar’s professional solar panel installers in New South Wales are here to walk our customers through every stage of their solar power installation so you can avoid making any mistakes with your solar panel system. If you watch our professional solar installers at work, the process might seem easy and straightforward. In reality, installing an effective solar panel system can be a difficult task for the average contractor.
Mistake 4: Not installing enough solar panels to run your household
When it comes to solar panel installations, many people overlook the fact that they may be using more electricity in the future. While electrical appliances are becoming more energy-efficient, Australians are using more electrical devices than ever.
If you have plans to purchase an electric car, install an A/C system or switch your hot water system to run on your solar panels, you’re going to want some extra solar energy capacity. If you have a small roof, you may find that you cannot fit enough solar panels to generate enough energy to make a significant impact on your energy bills.
If your roof is on the smaller side, don’t get disheartened though. While the roof is the most common place for a solar panel installation, it’s not the only option. Solar Installation professionals can place your solar panels in other areas of your property such as in the backyard or on a secondary structure on the property.
Mistake 5: Neglecting maintenance of solar panels
Solar power systems have become an increasingly affordable, efficient and easy to maintain clean source of electricity. With a properly installed solar panel system, you should expect little to no maintenance costs over the course of their 25 to 30-year average lifespan.
Luckily, solar panels do not have any moving parts that could be affected by rust or damage and, while maintenance is generally not needed, your solar panels may need a light cleaning every now and again to make sure dirt, leaves and debris aren’t blocking out the sun’s rays.
Depending on the solar installer in New South Wales that you work with, you may also be covered by a solar installer warranty in case any maintenance issues arise. An installation guarantee that is offered alongside the manufacturer warranty will give you the extra security you need when investing a significant amount of money on a solar power system.
At Aztech Solar, our installation work is covered by the Aztech Solar installation warranty for a period of 12 years from the date of installation on top of the manufacturer warranties of your equipment.
Contact Aztech Solar for solar installations in New South Wales
To learn more about solar panel installations, how solar panels can lower energy bills or how to choose the best solar panel system for your property, schedule a free consultation with Aztech Solar.
We’re one of the leading solar panel installers in Newcastle and Hunter Valley and have built a solid reputation for our reliable solar panel installation and maintenance services throughout New South Wales.