If you’re like any average homeowner, you’re probably not going to buy and install the components to construct your own solar panel system—it requires a ton of highly-specific knowledge and skills, usually only owned by master electricians or those with electrical engineering degrees. That means you’re going to choose a reputable, experienced and certified solar installer. With so many options on the market right now, how do you know you’re getting the right one?
Following is a brief guide with information that you need to know about the installation process and what you should expect as a solar customer. Not all companies and products are created equal, and SunPower by Quality Home Services wants you to have a positive experience with your solar energy system—after all, a positive experience for one customer benefits the industry as a whole.
Choosing an Installation Company
Some companies will simply take a look at how much energy you use, slap together a system that meets those goals using products they supply, and have you sign on the bottom line. This doesn’t take a lot of important things into account. Is your installer a locally-based company that you can reach out to if something goes wrong or you need a repair? How experienced is your company, and how many install projects have they done? Does your installer keep all of its employees up to date on all current building and electrical codes? If any of these answers are no, you could face some serious issues down the line.
The best way to find out more about your installer is simple: ask questions. Don’t be afraid to. If your installer doesn’t seem to want to answer the questions, then choose another installer. Any good company is going to want to walk you through the process step by step and make sure you’re happy with the investment you’re making. So ask away about the equipment they’re going to be installing in your home, about the process and thought they’ve used to design your system, how much room for growth their panels will give you, and exactly how your system will meet your goals both in terms of energy production and overall cost.
Choosing the Best Warranty
First and foremost, with how big of an investment a solar energy system is in your home, you should always make sure your panel system is backed up by a warranty on the entire system. A good warranty will cover everything including your mounting hardware and inverter, not just on the panels themselves. The current best-in-industry warranties protect panels and their power output for 25 years.
Some installers will assemble a system from components produced by multiple manufacturers, but there are some pitfalls to this: warranties may not necessarily overlap or comprehensively cover your system, which may leave some of the costs of a repair on you. If something were to go wrong a decade or more from now, you may run into some serious headaches while the various companies and warranties bicker with each other over who’s responsible for paying for the repair. SunPower’s Equinox™ system utilizes a single warranty to cover the entire system, making it an ideal choice.
Choosing the Best Financing
There are loads of financing options on the market as well, and selecting the option that’s right for you is extremely important because it will heavily influence everything from how much you save on your energy costs to how long your payoff period will be. You don’t want to completely bankrupt yourself switching to solar, nor do you want your monthly payment to be too high, so it’s important to choose an installer who will walk you through all of your options.
For more information about installing solar panels in your home, schedule a free consultation with the Fresno and Bakersfield solar experts at SunPower by Quality Home Services by calling (800) 496-3074!