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How Does a Solar Panel Work?

Energy efficiency has become both a local and global issue, and thanks to technological advancements in many areas, homeowners have more access than ever to some energy-saving products. One category of products that are making a big dent in reducing energy usage is solar. Solar panels are becoming a very popular option for many homeowners to significantly offset their electrical usage. The energy generated by solar panels can be used to power specific systems, like an HVAC system, or simply to add electricity to your electrical panel to reduce the amount of power drawn from the utility company. These attributes make solar energy very versatile, and either way you choose to use your solar energy, each helps reduce your overall energy usage. But unless you work with energy efficiency experts, you may not see all the benefits you want for your Hilton Head home. Correct installation, repair and maintenance are the key for any energy-saving system, so call the experts you can count on: AAction Air.

How Photovoltaics (PV) Work

Solar panels are powered by photovoltaics, also known as PV. PV works by converting direct sunlight into electrical energy at the atomic level. All PV energy begins with a single solar cell. The solar cell has a top and bottom that are oppositely charged, and these two polarities are connected by electrical conductors in order to create an electrical field. When direct sunlight hits a solar cell, electrons are knocked loose from each polarity and captured in the electrical conductors, creating a flow. Conductive metal plates collect the flow of electrons, then pushes the flow electrons, now electricity, to your home’s electrical panel for use.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Clearly you can offset your own personal energy usage when you choose to install solar panels at your home, but there are some other benefits to consider:

  • Ongoing, renewable source of energy – the sun isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and with solar energy, you can use this sustainable energy source to help power your home.
  • No greenhouse gases – solar energy doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases, so it is extremely environmentally-friendly.
  • Little maintenance is required – solar panels do not have any moving parts, and they are very durable, so very little maintenance is needed for them.

If you are ready to take advantage of the power of the sun with solar panels, call the experts at AAction Air today!

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