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Solar Panels: 3 Things You Need to Know

Posted on: February 5th, 2018 by AC Direct

An image of soalr panels on a house in London, fitted by Air Conditioning Direct.

There are several myths surrounding solar panels and in the latest blog post from Air Conditioning Direct, we take a look at three things you should know about solar panels, before deciding to invest.

Do I Need a South Facing Roof?

If you have a south-facing roof, you will receive the most sunlight and consequently maximise the benefits you can receive by having solar panels fitted. However, even if you have a south-west or west facing roof, you can still receive some benefits.

Before investing in solar panels, it is also wise to check at what stages in the day your roof is shaded by trees. Ideally, your roof should be unshaded between 10 am and 4 pm.

What is my Energy Rating?

An Energy Performance Certificate rates a building on its energy efficiency. Buildings may be rated from A, which is highly efficient, to G which is inefficient. Any energy performance certificate you receive is valid for 10 years.

If you have a grade D rating or above, you will be able to benefit from receiving full feed-in payments. Consequently, if your building is related below a grade D, it is wise to make improvements before investing in solar panels as you will only be eligible for a lower rate. You can read more about the advantages of solar panels here.

Will it Affect my House Price?

It can be easy to assume that the panels that not everyone finds aesthetically pleasing may push your house price down. However, it is not surprising that more and more house buyers are interested in the energy efficiency of their new house and consequently, the addition of solar panels may be a bonus that will attract more potential buyers.

If you’re concerned about how the addition of solar panels will affect your house, speak to local estate agents for their advice.

Here at Air Conditioning Direct, we have been installing heat pumps and solar panels across London for many years. We’ve built up a reputation providing a reliable and professional service and welcome you to contact us. Please call today to discuss our services on 020 8989 8989. Alternatively, please head over to our online enquiry form.

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