As winter approaches it requires a lot of preparation whether it’s our home, clothes or car for daily commute. But most of us forget about the solar battery bank, this also requires a little extra care to ensure that it is working efficiently and you should keep updated with weather data. Just like us our solar battery bank also needs some preparation when the temperature drops down.
Let’s go through the steps to prepare your solar battery bank for the winter season, ensuring it stays charged and ready to power your home.
Check Your Battery Health
Before the winter season starts showing its harsh side you need to check the battery health of your solar battery bank. Check for wear or damage and make sure that all the connections are tight and secure.
If you notice anything which can affect your battery health, immediately call a professional and get it fixed and don’t try to fix it yourself as it can get worse.
Clean the Solar Plates
The solar plates are the key component of your solar battery bank and they need to be cleaned in order to absorb more sunlight. You can use soap and water solution to clean the plates but be careful while cleaning and don’t apply much pressure on the solar pates.
Insulate the Battery
When the temperature goes too low the battery requires some extra heating to perform efficiently, and for that, you need to insulate the battery. Insulating the battery enclosures can help maintain a stable temperature.
You can use insulating material for that or blankets designed for this purpose. Insulating the battery will prevent it from getting the battery too cold in poor winter.
Check the Voltage
You need to check the battery’s optimal voltage setting as different batteries have different optimal voltages. You can consult a professional about the voltage settings that are appropriate for low temperatures or not.
Once you adjust the settings of the battery you are good to go for the winter as your battery will efficiently work in low temperatures.
Adjust the Solar Plate
Days in winter are shorter and the plates don’t get a sufficient amount of sunlight to charge the battery. You need to adjust the charging settings on your solar battery bank to accommodate the reduced sunlight.
Install a Battery Warmers if Needed
If you are living in a region where the temperature goes to minus then installing a battery warmer can be considered. The battery warmer will maintain the temperature of the battery within the optimal range preventing the battery fluids from freezing.
If your solar battery bank doesn’t have a built-in warmer you should consider and external battery warmer.
Perform Regular Checks
Regularly check your solar battery bank to monitor its performance check for any unusual readings and ensure that its charging and discharging are working as expected. If you notice any issues address them promptly to prevent further complications.
Plan for Extended Cloudy Period
Winter is known for its cloudy days and the amount of sunlight reaching the solar plate gets reduced. Be prepared for these periods by keeping some extra charged batteries. Minimize the extra power consumption of your house which will help the battery to last long.
Preparing your solar battery bank is not very complicated as you can do it yourself, with just a few steps you are prepared with your solar battery bank is good to go for this winter. You should ensure that your solar battery bank is working efficiently providing you with clean and renewable energy throughout the winter.
Regular checks, proper insulation, and a bit of planning will maintain your battery health and will not give you any problems during winter. So prepare your solar battery bank for this winter!