Installing a home solar system to help offset the cost of electricity in your home or completely power it is not as complicated or expensive as it was just a few years ago. A home solar system is a good option for some homes, but there are some things you need to know going in. 

Solar Potential

One of the most important parts of installing a home solar system is the solar collection potential for your home. The optimum amount of light throughout the day and the home's position are essential.

For most solar systems, you need six to ten hours of sun on the house or panels daily to provide enough electricity for the average-sized home. Determining the precise amount of electricity you use is a good place to start, and the home solar system installer can help you make the calculations necessary.

If the house is not in a good spot to collect sunlight throughout the day, there are some options for home solar systems. A stand to hold the solar panels can be a good way to get them in an area that is in the sun all day, and with a sun tracking system, you can rotate the panels as the sun moves across the sky to make the most of the sun and increase your solar collection potential.   

Installation Costs

A home solar system is often expensive to install on your home, but some government incentive programs can help offset the cost. While the price of solar panels is dropping as the technology becomes easier to adapt, the number of solar panels and the storage system you need will all play a role in the cost.

Solar system leases are available through some installation companies, but the amount of electricity you get from the panels with these programs gets split with the company. This can make the installation more affordable up front, but it can be several years before you offset your electric bill enough to make these programs worthwhile.

Home And Property Value

Installing a home solar system can impact the resale value of your home should you decide to sell it. Solar panel installation cost is a stumbling point for some people who want solar energy, so buying a home with a solar system already in place could be an incentive.

The home's value could increase significantly if the solar system is in good shape and working correctly. However, if your home solar system is not working as it should, it is essential that you make repairs to the system before selling the home or disclose that the system needs repair when you list the house for sale.

Contact home solar system services to learn more.