The short answer is yes! Plenty of solar panel installations take place in the winter months. If you’ve been thinking about going solar, you could get started sooner than you initially thought.
There’s a common misconception that solar panels can only be installed during the spring, summer, and fall. But you might actually be better off booking an installation in the winter.
In this post, we’ll fill you in on why.
Counteracting Those Skyrocketing Heat Bills
The summer months aren’t the only months that can cause an increase in utility usage. As many that endure the cold, Maryland winters can attest to, having the heat on can really put a dent in the wallet.
But did you know that solar panels perform equally as well, if not slightly better in the winter months? In fact, this is for many reasons that could be an article in and of itself, but explanations aside, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to keep your home nice and toasty while simultaneously saving money.
Those who have solar panels installed experience just as much financial relief in the peak of the wintertime cold as they do in the sweltering summer months. And it’s worth mentioning that solar panels provide numerous benefits all throughout the year.
Some of those benefits include actively contributing to the health of the planet, increased home value, and more!
Going green through the use of solar power is a new year’s resolution that continues to give each and every month.
Less of a Waiting Period
Installing solar panels isn’t just as simple as making the choice to do so. There’s all sorts of “red tape” to get through in the form of paperwork.
While it can be frustrating to deal with, these measures are there for a good reason. They ensure that your installation is being completed by qualified professionals and with safe equipment.
At Lumina, we take care of all of the permits and paperwork for you - which will save you a ton of time and hassle!
Even so, it can still take a bit to get everything processed during the peak seasons.
In the winter months, there are far less people trying to do home renovation and building projects, which means far less waiting time when it comes to getting the stamp of approval on your permits.
Moving forward with solar panel installation during the “off” season is a great way to get ahead of the curve that starts to form come spring time.
There Are Some Exceptions
Even in the warmer months, there’s inclement weather to look out for. You wouldn’t want workers on your roof during a heat advisory or thunderstorm, so you would reschedule or postpone as needed.
In the wintertime, you have ice build-up and dangerously low temperatures to consider. In the off chance that the weather causes an issue, you can reschedule for a day where the risks like ice are likely to have been neutralized.
Most of the time, you’ll find a solid stretch of time each month where the weather is totally suitable to install panels.
Those working on your installation will happily compromise with you to find a time that is both safe and in alignment with your schedule.
Interested in learning more about the solar panel installation process?
We’ve put together a case study to help make it easier to understand. We recommend that everyone interested in going solar read it over. It’s full of incredibly useful data!