Residential solar electric (PV) systems are known for their unique ability to harness the sun’s energy and generate free and renewable electricity that your home can use — especially during the summer when the days are longer and sunlight is abundant. You’ve probably heard that a rooftop solar system can help you lower your utility bills, but did you know it can also keep your home cooler?
Here is a look at how a rooftop system can actually keep your home in Arizona cool, even when temperatures are at their hottest.
Solar Panels Reflect Heat from the Sun’s Rays
Solar panels are made from materials like glass, silica, metals, and plastics, which are able to reflect heat from the sun’s powerful rays. These materials are exceptionally more reflective than traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the University of California, San Diego, solar panels’ reflective materials — coupled with the fact that panels are typically raised from the roof’s surface — allow them to reduce heat absorption on a roof’s surface by up to 38%.
This means that in the attic and other upper areas of your home, you can expect cooler temperatures. Homes with rooftop solar panels, on average, see a 5-degree drop in the attic and other upper areas. You’ll feel more comfortable inside your home and won’t need to run your AC system as often.
Solar Offsets the Cost of Home Cooling
Another primary advantage that a home solar system offers is savings on your electricity bills. This is especially true in the summer when the days are longer and your system is able to generate as much energy as possible. A solar energy system can reduce your utility bills or even eliminate them completely depending on system size.
Summer is a time when utility rates are typically higher and you need to run your air conditioner all day long — making solar an especially valuable investment for the free electricity it generates. With solar panels on the roof of your Arizona home in the summer, you can set your thermostat to the temperature you and your family like, rather than what your wallet can handle.
Keep Your Arizona Home Cool with Solar
If you live in Maricopa, Pinal, or Pima County in Arizona, solar is a great option for keeping your home cool while offsetting the cost of air conditioning throughout the year. Our experts are here to answer your questions about making the switch to solar power and will help you navigate the solar panel installation process at every step.
Learn more about how going solar can keep you cool and lower your utility bills. Call 520-868-0700 or contact us to get a free solar quote!