Alternative energy sources are becoming increasingly popular because they allow homeowners to save money over the medium and long terms and to do their part for the environment. Solar panels, which use the heat produced by the sun, are no exception.

Solar Panels: A Brilliant Choice

Some people are skeptical about using solar panels. Some believe that the panels will take up too much space on their lot, and others think they're too expensive. However, solar panels offer benefits that are hard to overlook. The sun is an inexhaustible source of energy, which we can use in a way that's respectful for the environment, without having to sacrifice yard space, since the panels are often installed on the roof. Solar panels produce free and renewable energy. They're easy to maintain and involve minimal operating costs. This type of system can meet most energy needs and is very reliable.

Thermal Panels and Photovoltaic Panels

There are currently several types of solar panels available on the market. Knowing your options will help you to make a more appropriate decision based on your energy consumption and to understand the different options the professionals offer you. The large family of solar panels can be divided into two major categories: thermal and photovoltaic. Thermal panels have a rather limited use but are very effective: they are mainly used for domestic hot water production and heating. Photovoltaic panels, on the other hand, are more versatile. They transform energy into electricity that can be used in any situation, which provides a good price-quality ratio.

While thermal and photovoltaic panels each meet specific needs, hybrid panels are starting to find a place on the market and, not surprisingly, are becoming more popular. A hybrid solar panel system is a cogeneration system, meaning it is capable of producing both electricity and heat. This type of system offers major benefits. It can increase production while lowering the temperature of the panels. It saves space by being "two-in-one" thereby reducing the number of panels you have to buy. In short, it's a good way to create power and heat while saving space.

These solar panel systems have a precise way of operating. Whether you opt for a thermal or photovoltaic system, it will be made up of three major components: the panel itself, the support structure used to mount it onto the roof, and the battery inverter, which transforms the energy produced by the panels into energy that's compatible for use with conventional systems. Thermal systems naturally have more components because they involve water and must be connected to various circuits.

Batteries to Have Power at All Times

With photovoltaic solar panels, you can store the energy produced in a solar battery to ensure you have a supply of electricity at all times. These slow-discharge batteries must be connected to a regulator, which controls the amount of energy the panels produce, to reduce the risk of an overload. Professionals especially recommend the use of a battery in more isolated homes, like cottages, to avoid the bulk and inconvenience of a generator. But this type of battery is optional when you install a solar panel system.

See the Professionals for the Best Advice

While solar panel systems are easy to use, it's still recommended that you get an expert to install it. That way, you're sure everything is done safely and that your new renewable energy system will be well installed and operate properly. The professional can also provide advice that matches your needs and your budget. There are installers across Canada that offer reliable, popular brands like CanadianSolar, Fronius, Eclispsall and Samsung.

In closing, whether or not you're thinking of installing a solar energy panel, it's important to establish what your needs are and how much power you use at your wonderful little cottage. Your second home may be a peaceful haven, but it's important to think about its environmental footprint and to make intelligent, well-thought-out choices in your energy consumption habits.

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