Is Home Solar Energy Dangerous?

January 31, 2022

It’s impossible to top residential solar panel installation when it comes to saving money on electric bills while reducing your carbon footprint. Depending on where you live and what kind of system you have, you can cancel your service from the local power company and live completely off solar energy.

Because some local utility companies feel threatened by the rise of solar energy systems and the possibility of losing profits, there’s a disinformation campaign out there regarding solar energy that claims solar power is dangerous. All of this propaganda about solar being dangerous is completely bogus.

Keep reading to learn the truth about solar power.

Solar energy misconceptions

Electric companies rely on two main talking points when they try to talk about the dangers of solar energy systems. Here’s what they say:

  • Fire hazards: Electric companies are known to spread disinformation about solar panels by saying that there’s a high risk of a fire hazard when your home is powered by solar energy instead of being wired to the electric grid. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As long as you hire a professional to wire your solar system, there’s no greater chance of an electrical fire with solar compared to a traditional energy system.
  • Heat absorption: Everyone who’s ever spent too much time outside in direct sunlight has felt the sun’s powerful heat. Sadly, solar companies try to stoke fear in customers by saying that solar panels are somehow related to heat absorption. Again, that’s just a total lie. Solar systems have photovoltaic panels that absorb photons from the sunlight and release electrons to power your home—there’s no heat involved that could start a house fire.

The best ways to guarantee safety

While it won’t catch your home on fire, you do need to be careful about how you interact with your solar energy system. After all, anything related to high-powered electricity isn’t a toy. Here are safety tips to avoid injuring yourself or others:

  • Hire certified professionals: You must hire a certified solar team to install your solar energy system. Working with unqualified professionals or even trying to install a solar system by yourself can lead to electrical fires due to faulty wiring.
  • Schedule routine inspections: After installing your solar system, you’ll want to have it inspected once a year or so to make sure everything is on the up and up. Just like your air conditioner or any other equipment in your home, solar systems can malfunction when they go too long without being serviced.
  • Never attempt DIY solar repair: Despite how many YouTube videos you watch or articles you read about making solar panel repairs, never try them yourself. Trying to work on your solar panels can lead to electrocution or even cause an electrical fire due to poor wiring.

Get your solar evaluation today

If you’re ready to start saving big on your electric bills, call Aneva Solar today to get an evaluation for solar energy systems. We’ll start by inspecting your roof to ensure your home is capable of holding solar panels and teach you how much you can save by switching to solar power.

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