While most people are at least broadly aware of what solar panels are and the kinds of benefits they offer, some aren't as familiar with what's often an important additional function within a solar setup: A battery backup. For everything from basic convenience to emergencies, a solar battery backup is a key consideration for anyone planning to install solar panels - and even for those who have already done so.
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we're happy to offer a number of battery backup services to Boise and nearby clients with their solar panel systems. These products help harness your solar energy for use in several important ways, and we'll show you exactly how they work and what to expect from them. Here are some basics on the major questions clients typically have about solar battery backups, which allow us to highlight all of their major benefits.
Firstly, for those new to solar panel installation and battery backups, these are basically just what they sound like: Batteries that store your excess solar energy for later use. This energy can be used in a variety of ways, such as powering appliances during a power outage or providing additional power when you're not able to get enough from the sun.
There are several different types of solar battery backups available, and we can help you decide which is best for your home. Depending on your individual needs, we'll be able to recommend the right setup that works with your solar panel system.
The most important use of a solar battery backup is during a power outage. Most of these systems are designed to kick in automatically when the regular power source fails, and they can provide enough energy to run basic appliances like refrigerators and lights in your home until the electricity comes back on. This makes them an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to be prepared for emergencies.
For instance, if a storm knocks out the power in your area, your solar battery backup can ensure that you still have enough electricity to get through it. This is especially helpful if you're away from home and don't want to worry about coming back to an empty refrigerator or dark house.
In the vast majority of cases, you won't need more than one or two solar batteries to power your home. This is because most of the energy used in a house comes from direct sunlight, and the battery is really just there to store extra power for later use.
The number of batteries needed will depend on how much energy you typically use, as well as the type of system you have. We'll be able to help you determine the exact number of batteries required for your needs, and make sure you get the right setup for your home.
The answer here will vary depending on a few factors, including the type of battery and how much it's being used. Generally speaking, most solar batteries are designed to last for up to 10 years, though some can last even longer.
Your care of the batteries is also important, as proper maintenance can help extend their lifespan. Intermountain Wind & Solar will show you how to properly maintain your batteries to ensure they last as long as possible.
Once again, this area will have differing answers depending on the type of battery and setup you need for your home. In general, you should expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars for a solar battery backup system, though some more complex setups can cost significantly more. However, many installers offer payment plans and financing options to help make it more affordable.
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we understand that budget is always a concern when considering new investments in your home. That's why we strive to make sure you get the best system for your needs at a price that fits within your budget.
Absolutely! Solar panel battery backups are designed to be retrofitted into existing systems, and we're experts at making sure that your setup is upgraded correctly. We'll be able to assess your current system and determine the best way to incorporate a battery backup into it.
Solar batteries are an important component of any solar energy system, and can provide invaluable benefits in terms of convenience and emergency preparedness. If you're considering installing a solar power system, or are looking to upgrade an existing one, give us a call and find out how we can help. Our team of experts will be able to answer any questions you might have and find the perfect solution for your needs.
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we're committed to helping you get the most out of your solar power system. We'll guide you through every step of the process, from choosing the right panels and batteries to installation and maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about adding a battery backup to your Boise home's solar setup!
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