Inverters for Home
Thanks to the advent of solar energy all those years ago, and the fact that the technology has now been so well manufactured and the products so well-priced, more and more South Africans are turning to solar for their electricity needs. Many South Africans are also turning to solar systems to help keep their lights on during those awful and unpredictable load shedding times too.
Solar systems for the home include batteries and an inverter, and systems come in a variety of sizes and load capacities. You can get solar systems to power your entire house off the Eskom grid or smaller systems that can simply keep a few essential appliances on during lights-out.
As a home owner though, how do you know what kind of system you need? What’s the difference between an inverter and a battery? The information can be complicated. But luckily, at Battery Pit Stop, we’re here to help.
Let’s take a look at what an inverter for the home is? And then take a look at what to look for when choosing the best inverter for your home and needs.
Inverters for Homes in South Africa
What is an inverter?
In the simplest of terms, an inverter is a piece of equipment that converts DC or direct current power into AC or alternating current power. We need AC power to run our appliances in our homes like TV’s, fridges, deep freezers, lights and lamps too.
What should I look for when choosing an inverter for my home?
There are a couple of questions you need to ask first before knowing what kind of inverter you will need for your home. First off though, it’s best to understand your power needs as a start.
If you require an inverter to only keep a few key appliances on during load shedding or to just take some of the load off (and save some money) from your Eskom grid, it’s best to first work out what your power needs will be. This is where it can get quite technical however and you need to work out the power in watts or current in amps for each appliance you want to run off the solar inverter and then calculate them all together.
To avoid long and technically challenging calculations, we suggest rather chatting to a solar battery specialist like Battery Pit Stop. We’ll be able to calculate your power needs for your home and recommend the best inverter for you.
How do inverter systems for homes work?
The electricity supplied by Eskom and your local municipality arrives in your house as AC (alternative current) and all your electrical appliances and equipment use AC power to work.
In a solar powered system, solar energy from the sun is captured and stored in batteries. These batteries will hold the power as DC power or direct current. In order for this energy to be useful to you, the DC current needs to be converted to AC current, and that’s where an inverter comes in.
An inverter for the home will convert the DC current in the batteries to AC current. You will then be able to plug your mains into the inverter or just a few appliances, depending on the type of solar battery system you have.
Inverters are essential elements in a solar system for the home. Chat to the experts today about your power needs and how to move your home from Eskom-dependant to one powered by the sun.
Find out more about inverters and solar battery systems now, call Battery Pitstop today on 011 397 6907.