The benefits of solar power are widely known by this point and are obvious. Using these panels to produce energy by more natural means is becoming a more and more viable option for property owners than ever. Keep in mind, though, that there are also some solar safety concerns when it comes to these photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Be Aware of Panels’ Solar Safety Concerns
A solar power system for your home or building can reduce energy costs while maintaining power levels and also aiding the environment. However, there are some solar safety concerns associated with the panels that must be kept in mind by the buyer and installer alike.
For example, “the potential for fire must be top-of-mind when installing a roof-top mounted PV system.” Roofing contractors who are completing such a job have to ensure that electrical wiring is properly installed and up to code to prevent an incident. Part of the current risk is that there are not a lot of codes surrounding “solar equipment,” so it’s hard to ensure that the materials used are completely safe for those purposes.
Unfortunately, along with the general danger of a fire, the panels themselves can worsen the situation if there is a fire that starts on the roof. ” The gap between PV panels and the roof can trap heat, allowing a fire to spread quickly.” IT makes it difficult for firefighters to make sure they’ve extinguished it fully, since there is often space obscured by the panels and since these gaps also spread the flames.
Secure and professional installation, though, can dramatically reduce these solar safety concerns. If you recruit a qualified roofing contractor who has solar panel experience to make the install, you and they will both be safer. There are other risks associated with solar panels, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider them in order to lower your energy bills. Make sure to get in touch with a professional roofing contractor, such as Cox Roofing, if you want solar power for your property but have safety concerns.
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