If you want to install a solar panel on your roof for your home you need to consider certain things. These things include the type of roof you have, whether it is shingled or flat, the area that you will be covering, and other elements as well.
The first thing you must do is choose a specific size of a solar panel for your particular roof. The size will determine how much sun your panels can capture, which means how much electricity you will be able to produce for your household.
It is also very important to know the amount of sunlight your roof receives each day in order to decide on solar panel size. To get this information you may need to install an attic or ground level sun tracker.
Another factor that you must consider when choosing a solar panel for your roof is the material it is made from. Do you want it to be attached directly to the rafters or to the actual roofing? Also, consider how much sun it receives during different times of the year.
You should also look at how exposed electrical appliances are on your roof. Depending on the type of energy-efficient appliances you use, these appliances may only require direct solar heating, while some of your appliances will need a supplemental heating source.
For example, if you use wood stoves then you will likely need to use solar heaters in order to heat your entire house. On the other hand, you will only need supplemental heating for your recreational equipment such as your pool and spa. At the same time, if you use propane heaters you may have to get additional heating sources as propane evaporates quickly.
You will also want to consider how exposed the electrical wiring is to the sun. If it is very exposed, then a solar panel that is installed in the attic or even a place that has little or no sunlight would not be the best choice.
Of course, you should also consider what type of climate your home will be exposed to and which direction the electrical wiring will be facing. If the wiring is facing south or west for example, then you will probably want to install a solar panel facing north so that the solar panels will receive the most exposure possible.
If you are installing a solar panel to heat the air in your house, then you will want to make sure that the electrical wiring will be facing east or west. This is because the electrical wiring will have direct contact with the north or south side of the air conditioning coil.
After determining the location and orientation of the electrical wiring, you will want to consider whether or not you will use a backup heat source and if you will be using a solar panel to heat the air in your house. If you will be using a solar panel to heat the air then you will want to install a panel on the east or west side.
You will want to consider other factors as well before deciding to install a solar panel on your roof. Things such as the size of the panel that you will be using, the number of solar cells that you will be installing, and if you will be doing any extension work for the roof.
Finally, you will want to make sure that you will be able to install a solar panel on your roof without having to get a building permit or if you need to get a building permit you will want to check with your local building code enforcement officials to make sure that you will be allowed to install your solar panel on your roof. The last thing you want to do is to find out that you cannot install a solar panel because it was installed incorrectly or improperly.