What Are the Main Types of Solar Panels for Your Home?

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Did you know that the average American household uses over 800 kWh per month? As you may know, that means that most Americans spend hundreds of dollars every month on their electricity bill. Fortunately, there are different ways to save money on your energy.

One of the most effective ways to save money is installing home solar panels. But, of course, there are different types of solar panels you can choose from. That’s why today, we’ll help you pick the perfect solar panel by explaining each type.

Monocrystalline Solar Panels

One of the best solar panels to install on your roof is, without a doubt, monocrystalline. Engineers create monocrystalline panels with silicon crystals (which gives them a distinctive black color). These silicon crystals help the solar panel retain more energy, which is why most experts consider it one of the most efficient types of solar panels.

Within the monocrystalline solar panels, you can also find the bifacial solar panel. It belongs in the monocrystalline family, but it has the additional benefit of being able to absorb energy from both sides.

The only downside of these kinds of solar panels is that they are usually expensive to purchase. But, they are well worth the investment!

Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline panels were the first solar panels to be developed. They are the most common type of solar panel since they are often a lot cheaper than the other solar panel options. Solar companies make polycrystalline with silicon as well but to a smaller degree.

As you can imagine, compared to the monocrystalline, this type of solar panel stores less energy. But, of course, you can increase its storage capacity by adding more panels to your home. So, be sure to search for the best solar company in your area so they can help you know how many polycrystalline solar panels you’ll need to keep your home fully energized.

Thin-Film Solar Panels 

While thin-film solar panels are mostly used in industrial settings, some people have begun using them for their homes. Thin-film solar panels are quite different from other solar panels since they use a photovoltaic substance instead of silicon. One aspect that makes thin-film panels stand out is that they’re flexible and lightweight.

That means you won’t have to worry about paying too much for installation and maintenance upkeep. But, unfortunately, the major downside of these types of solar panels is that they’re far less energy efficient.

Which Types of Solar Panels Will You Get?

Buying solar panels is never an easy task, especially with so many types of solar panels to choose from. But, we hope that you’ll be able to decide which type best suits your home and energy needs with this post. So, don’t wait any longer and start saving money on your energy bill today!

Do you have solar panels? If so, let us know what you think about them in the comment section! And if you want to read more articles related to home improvement, be sure to check out our other topics!

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