Many homeowners look for ways to get natural sunlight in so that their home look bright at all times. This may involve installing larger windows and other similar efforts. However, one of the most effective ways to get natural sunlight even in harder to reach places like rooms without much space for windows is through sun tunnel installation.
Once you learn about sun tunnel installation and benefits that come with it, you will realize how practically nothing is impossible if you want to get natural sunlight it. Even areas such as lower level rooms can get as much sunlight throughout the day with a proper sun tunnel design and installation process.
Benefits of Sun Tunnels
Sun tunnels come with numerous benefits, which is exactly the reason many property owners consider getting one or a few for their home. These many benefits include:
Installation of Sun Tunnels
When building a brand new home, you may ask your contractor to incorporate sun tunnels to the house design. However, when you already have an existing home, it is highly recommended you get a licensed expert contractor to install sun tunnels for you. Go ahead and DIY many of the other improvements you want to have in your home, but among those that you shouldn’t handle on your own is sun tunnel installation.
Installing sun tunnels involves placing holes into your roof. Without proper knowledge and application, your existing roof can be badly damaged, and having a new one installed will of course cost a lot of money. Furthermore, professional installation is important to ensure that the sun tunnels are placed correctly so that no water or air can enter your home through its edges. If this happens, larger damage awaits in your home.
There are numerous sun tunnel designs you can choose from. If you have a harder to reach location such as a room right below the attic, a customized sun tunnel with flexible and rigid tubings is necessary so that the sun would reach that room. When done by a professional, even curves and bends won’t stop the sun from reaching the end of the tunnel.
At TEO Solar, we have a team of professionals for installation of sun tunnels. While we can always offer our recommendations based on our experiences, you can also let us know about your ideas and preferred sun tunnel design and we’ll get it done for you. For your Bunnel, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach or Palm Coast home and surrounding areas, we are at your service. Call 386-437-2671 for a free estimate.
Keeping your home’s exterior well-lighted especially during night time is very important. Lights aren’t only attractive to look at and improve the overall beauty of your home, these are also helpful in keeping your home safe and secure. If you are wondering whether the benefits of installing garden solar lights is worth the effort and money you will have to spend to get them, then you must know that it is worth every sweat and penny.
First of all, it is good to know that you don’t even have to have a full solar panel setup on your roof or yard just to make these lights work. They work on their own as they have smaller solar panels attached to them, which get power from the sun.
Homeowners are now switching to garden solar lights for a variety of reasons. If you’re still in the process of making a decision of whether you want to get these lights or not, then you must know about the many benefits of installing garden solar lights. Here are only a few of them:
1. Reduced Energy Costs
If you already have existing lights installed in your garden, then you probably already know how these add up to your electric bill. Especially if you keep the lights on the entire night and if you have several lights around your yard, then expect energy costs to build up, even if you’re using cost-effective bulbs like LED lights. Solar lights for your garden use solar energy. Solar is free because it comes from the sun. In that case, having garden solar lights don’t incur any additional charge to your electric bill.
2. Variety of Beautiful Options
Aside from the options you have when it comes to the design of the actual lighting fixtures, you can place these garden solar lights pretty much anywhere you wish in the exterior of your home. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a hundred feet away from a power source because solar lights don’t require any electrical wiring. They work on their own using solar energy. Imagine how amazing your garden would look like when you have all these lights shining bright even on the darkest of nights.
3. Added Safety and Security
More than the savings or the beauty these garden solar lights bring, its most important benefit is that it offers added safety and security for your family and your property. If you had to turn off exterior lights before going to bed just because you don’t want to waste electricity, you need not do this with solar lights. You can practically leave them the entire night without worrying about any bill at all. This means intruders would have to think twice about entering your property as they can easily be spotted when it remains bright all the time.
At TEO Solar, we offer installation of solar lights for your garden and other areas of your property. Our services range from residential to commercial solar and a whole lot more solar-related products. For decades now, we’ve provided service across Orange City, Crescent Beach, De Leon Springs, Bunnel, Daytona Beach, Port Orange and other surrounding areas. Call us at 386-437-2671 for a free estimate.
Once you already have solar panels installed on your property, you will begin reaping its benefits including reduced energy costs. Generally speaking, there’s not much maintenance required for these solar panels except for seasonal checkups to ensure that they’re still working great. Especially if you’re relying on solar power for many of your appliances at home, it is best to keep in mind some solar panel cleaning tips so you can also be sure of your energy source’s efficiency and reliability.
Solar panels are built with very durable materials. These are meant to last for many years or even up to a couple of decades or more. However, just like other things exposed to varying weather conditions outdoors, solar panels may need maintenance to prolong its lifespan and efficiency. Furthermore, if your solar panels are placed on your roof or yard, you may want to keep them clean so these would remain good looking too. After all, who would want dirty panels around their property, right?
DIY Solar Panel Cleaning Tips
If it’s pretty easy and guaranteed safe to climb up the roof of your home on your own, if this is where the solar panels are, or if the panels are within easy reach if placed on the ground, then by all means you can do the cleaning job on your own. While it is highly recommended for you to call for professional assistance, it is quite understandable if you would like to try cleaning on your own as well. For as long as the panels are in great shape, cleaning would be very simple for you.
More often than not, solar panels are placed in an inclined position. This means that the wind can easily blow dust and other foreign objects just fall off. When it rains, the solar panels are practically cleaning themselves too. But of course, there may be some bird droppings or even grime that may build up through time.
The first step is for you to use a gentle brush to loosen any materials that may have been stuck onto the panels. Note that you shouldn’t be using hard metal brushes as these may damage or scratch the solar panels. After brushing off the dirt, you can then water down the solar panels until it is completely clean. You may also dry off the panels using a soft cloth or sponge.
Do Solar Panels Have to Be Cleaned?
As mentioned, solar panels practically clean themselves through time with the wind blowing and rainwater washing dirt off every once in a while. Truth be told, you don’t really have to clean your solar panels all too often. In fact, you don’t even have to clean it at all unless the dirt has built up so much that it has become pretty obvious and unattractive to look at. If not, then leave your panels be.
If you insist, it is best to reach out with a residential solar panel contractor to ask for recommendations. You must remember that solar panels are usually covered by warranty, and any mistake you make may lead to voiding that warranty coverage.
TEO Solar offers solar repairs and service, including cleaning and maintenance when needed. Our team of experts are more than happy to assist you in making sure your solar panel installation is in perfect shape and works efficiently at all times. We service Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and surrounding areas. Call us at 386-437-2671 for a free estimate.
Hurricane season is here and every household must be prepared. While you may have considered all the basic essentials you need in case of an emergency, it is still possible for unexpected unfortunate things to happen such as damage to your property. In the event these damages require reinstallation of solar panels after a hurricane in your area, you must know that your solar contractor is ready to help you out.
Solar Panels Should Be Hurricane-Proof
Solar panels are ideally made of high quality and very durable materials. Strong winds and heavy rains shouldn’t really destroy them. In fact, we’ve seen several installations that remain intact even after the roof of a home has been heavily damaged. In this case, you can have the solar panels removed and reinstalled instead.
Of course, a damaged roof can’t be fixed properly if solar panels are in the way. You would be amazed how a high quality solar panel can withstand such severe weather conditions. Therefore, these panels need to be removed first so that necessary roof repairs can be done. If they are still in perfect condition, which is very likely, then the panels may then be reinstalled. If there’s also some damage to the panels, these can be fixed or repaired prior to reinstallation.
Ask Your Solar Contractor for Recommendations
If a hurricane hits your area hard, then it is not impossible for another hurricane to happen again in the future. If you believe that your solar panels are best placed elsewhere on your roof or on the ground, then better ask the contractor for recommendations.
While reinstallation can be done again in the future should these unfortunate events happen the second time around, moving the panels to another location in your property would be a more practical choice. If you feel like its original location is not too ideal anymore, then seek an expert’s advice on whether there’s a better area to place or reinstall your solar panels.
TEO Solar is an expert in solar panel removal and reinstall with many years of experience in residential and commercial properties. We can guarantee that our panels are hurricane-proof and we use hurricane-rated fasteners. Should you need our assistance in solar panel reinstallation, give us a call at 386-437-2671. Our services are available at Daytona Beach, Deland, Palm Coast, Port Orange and other nearby towns.
Bill has been a solar professional for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in all things solar. During this time, he has seen solar grow, evolve, and improve. His passion is solar.