How to Prepare Your Solar Panels for Hurricane Season
May 10th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia
May 10th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia
National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 9-15. Wondering how to prep your panels for extreme weather conditions? At Pink Energy, we take extra safety measures so your solar panels can endure severe storms. However, there are additional measures you can take to prepare your home for hurricane-induced power outages. These are a few of the most effective ways to prepare your home and solar system for the upcoming hurricane season so that you have peace of mind before the storm rolls in.
During your solar panel installation, we bolt your solar panels onto roof trusses for extra safety and security. Our installation standards are designed to make sure that you don’t need to take any more steps to prepare your solar panels for hurricane season. Check out this our case studies if you want to see how our solar panels perform in extreme weather conditions, including 100mph winds.
If you want to get the most advanced protection level for your home, there are a few products you can add:
Generac battery backups are one of the best ways to prep your solar panels for hurricane season. Each Generac battery backup can provide up to 6 critical loads of backup power that you can use to power your home during power outages. That’s enough power to operate your refrigerator or sump pump, which is crucial for preventing damage to your home and protecting your family.
Smart power strips let you conserve power by limiting power usage when your devices are plugged in but powered off. They also help to protect your devices from power surges during intense storms. Smart power strips can ultimately allow you to use your backup power wisely and prevent damage to your electronics.
Faucet aerators can help you save water by reducing excess water flow from your sink. This is an important device to have in your home in the event that a hurricane limits your water supply. Outside of hurricane season, faucet aerators can help you potentially save money on your utility bill. Overall, they are a great addition to your home.
Hot water heater blankets conserve electricity, which boosts your hot water heater’s efficiency and lets your backup power do more during a power outage. They’re a great tool to prepare your home for hurricane season by minimizing the amount of electricity your home uses for basic functions.
After the storm, there are a few steps you should take to make sure that your solar panels are functioning properly:
To test if your inverter is working correctly, check your app to gauge production, or look at the front panel of the inverter for validation. You should see a green light indicating all is well.
We recommend monitoring your battery backup system after a storm to ensure that your solar panels are storing solar power as normal.
Be sure to check your power meter to see if your home is reaching its normal power levels. Note that your solar panels will not reconnect to the grid until the grid receives power again.
At Pink Energy, we offer premium solar panels that are proven to withstand hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions. Our solar panels are American-made and built to weather the storm, especially when they’re paired with a Generac battery backup system. In addition, we offer our SMARTPWR360°™ package that includes many energy-efficient upgrades to prep your home for hurricane season by making your electricity go further.
Want to learn more about how these can help you protect your home? Contact us today to speak to one of our solar experts!