California High Desert Homes Are Keeping Cool With Solar Panels

While many believe that photovoltaic cells generate heat, the award-winning contractor explains in the new report that roof-mounted panels actually help to absorb the sunlight that would otherwise cause a home to warm up.

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The latest report from Option One Solar adds to a growing list of benefits that homes and businesses in Hesperia, Victorville, and surrounding areas are experiencing from solar installations. Some of the more well-known advantages include cost efficiency, energy independence, and environmental protection.

The author introduces readers to the science behind the claim. To begin with, it is important to realize that the space immediately below a roof is ‘unconditioned’, meaning that its temperature is dictated by the elements rather than a building’s environmental control system.

Solar panels capture heat that would otherwise warm the air within this unconditioned space. Indeed, Option One Solar cites research conducted by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, which indicated that roof-mounted solar panels can reduce heat absorption by as much as 38%.

As the report explains, cooler air within this part of the home means that there is less warmth penetrating into the living spaces below. In addition, cooler temperatures within an attic can actually draw excess heat out of the home, as hot air will always move towards cold.

As a result, the contractor states that HVAC systems are required to work less in order to cool the building, which in turn lowers energy consumption. When combined with the well-publicized efficiencies of solar power, this amounts to additional savings that a solar installation can provide.

Option One Solar has been voted best solar installer for 5 years in a row. The company’s founder Jerry Thomas worked as an electrical supervisor on the command and services modules during the Apollo Space Program.

The company brings the high standards expected in space to the solar industry, providing San Bernardino residents and businesses with the latest in roof and ground-mounted installations. With its latest report, the team provides readers with another compelling reason to consider a solar installation.

Interested parties can learn more by visiting:

Option One Solar
Option One Solar
13581 John Glenn Rd, Ste. A

Apple Valley
United States

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