Do you ever take a day off, slip on some bikini-wear or swimming trunks, and head on over to the beach to get that summer-prepped tan on a beautiful, sunny day?
You get pumped up to unwind, lie down, relax, and forget about all the stresses and problems at home – just for a couple of hours.
Sounds incredible, right?
What about when you wake up from that relaxing period to find that instead of getting that amazing tan, you’ve wounded up becoming a hot red lobster?
Sound familiar? Been there and done that many times and I wouldn’t be surprised if you have too.
The sun, although a beautiful natural gift to society on Earth can be dangerous under certain conditions.
We’ve been blessed to have sunlight, rays that provide us with vitamin D benefits, warmth, a tan, and of course, renewable solar energy. So what’s there to worry about?
Just like our concerns on being baked, concerns have also risen on whether solar panels can overheat and pose a danger, alongside possible damages to material.
No one wants to suffer damage to their skin and become susceptible to skin cancer. Point in case, we also don’t want to feel threatened by the risk of overheating panels. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, safety is one of the basic needs we strive to fulfill.
So is this an understandable concern? Absolutely.
Therefore, the question should be as follows for a peace of mind:
How do I prevent my solar panels from overheating?
Solar panels are designed with protective measures, but it never hurts to do your homework and do your part by keeping your panels cool through regular maintenance and inspection.
In the process of making solar panels, certain steps are taken to protect the panels from overheating. The first step involves attaching a substrate on the glass layer of the solar panels using thermal conductive cement/backsheets. The other step is to elevate the solar panels a few inches from the roof to allow cool air to circulate in between. Both of these steps are important to protect from overheating.
Additional steps that people have taken include the following – adding a ventilation system, setting up a bypass valve, and fans.
One thing to note, however, is that you never want to spray your solar panels with water during the hotter parts of the day. Doing so can irreparably damage your panels. If you want to clean your panels, only do so in the early morning or evening while it’s cooler.
It’s good to be prepared for any possibility and when in doubt, go ahead and call your contractor regarding any concerns. The Solar Company would be happy to help you answer your questions to the best of our ability.
Red lobster? Roast pig? People have developed several products to help us avoid getting sunburned as well as to protect our skin from damaging free radicals. The control of safety is essentially in our hands once we’ve made the decision to go out. We just need to be informed and do our part.
How does that sound? Helpful, I hope.
The bottom line is that appropriate measures should be taken by the contractor and makers end as well as the consumers end to provide for a safe and happy ending to a beautiful sunny day. It’s a partnership for a safer, beneficial, and healthier tomorrow.