Knowing Your Chicago Home’s Solar Potential

05.18.2021
2 min read

There has never been a better time to investigate how solar energy could potentially work for your home. As adaptable as solar energy can be, there are a few key factors that can affect the production of solar panels on your home.

Before you commit to a solar panel system, it’s a good idea to consult with a solar professional who can evaluate your home and discuss whether there are mitigating factors that limit your potential solar returns. Here are some factors you should consider to determine if solar is right for you.

Sunlight Exposure

Your home’s roof will need to be exposed to steady levels of sunlight to consistently produce energy. This doesn’t mean the sun has to beat down on the entire roof all day, every day! But if there are trees that will consistently block sunlight from reaching your solar panels, you will need to get those trees removed or trimmed back for your solar investment to operate efficiently.

It’s also good to note that the most effective solar arrays face either south, east or west because those are the directions that will provide the most opportunities for sunlight. If those options are not available, you may find that a solar panel system won’t harvest enough sunlight to produce your desired results.

Roof Condition

If your roof is damaged or compromised in any way, it might not support the installation of a solar panel array. If your roof is currently damaged, solar panels might further compromise the structure. If you’re seriously thinking about solar panels, it’s a good time to check that your roof is in tip-top condition and can support the project.

Your Current Electric Bills

To understand how much electricity your panels need to produce for your home, you’ll need to know how much electricity your home currently uses monthly. If you examine your electric bills, you can estimate the amount of production you’d need to reach your potential savings goals. In addition, if you are interested in reducing your home’s overall energy consumption, you can install energy efficiency products designed to help you save energy on your day-to-day electricity needs.

Check Your Chicago Home’s Solar Potential With POWERHOME SOLAR

Your home’s solar potential is best determined by an experienced solar expert. Fortunately, our local POWERHOME SOLAR team is ready to help you understand how a solar system will work to potentially reduce your electric bill and help do your part to save the planet. Contact us here for more information on how we create our customized solar quotes based on our evaluation of your home!