Purchasing solar fountains for use in the garden is the perfect solution to excessive extension cords. Beautifying your yard with water fountains defeats the purpose if you’re held prisoner by a maze of unsightly extension cords. Nobody wants to take the time to carefully choose the perfect spots in the garden for new water fountains, only to have to link them all together and plug them into the side of the house. With solar garden fountains, that nuisance is completely eliminated. Solar fountains come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every budget and personal taste. The key is buying a top-quality solar fountain to get the most for your money. Obscuring solar fountains by placing them under heavy tree foliage, beneath awning, or in an area mostly shaded will inhibit the fountain’s functionality. Once you’ve purchased your solar garden fountains, make sure to place them in wide open spaces where they’ll get the most solar energy. Dark, stormy days will affect the functionality of your solar fountain, but it’s unlikely you’re going to want to spend time outdoors during this kind of weather anyway.
How Solar Panels Work in Solar Garden Fountains: In order to appreciate solar garden fountains and to take the best possible care with them, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how solar fountains work. By converting sunlight into energy, solar fountains are able to work without the use of standard electricity or batteries. Your new solar water fountain will come with solar panels designed to absorb solar energy and convert it into the power needed to operate the fountain’s pump. Essentially, the solar panels that come with solar powered fountains are made of PV cells (Photovoltaic cells). These cells become excited by the energy of the sun and are subsequently called to action. The “action” resembles an electrical charge turning heat into motion, catapulting the solar fountain pump into work mode. Solar garden fountains work differently than other sources of solar energy. In homes, for example, solar energy is designed to accumulate within the home, providing a constant source of heat and energy long after the sun goes down. That’s not the case with solar fountains which only work effectively during full sunlight. A solar fountain is made of the same durable materials as any other fountain. They’re just as beautiful and create amazing waterfall sounds. Individuals who understand the basic concept of how the solar panels work will quickly realize the importance of solar power maintenance, cleaning (gently wipe away dirt and grime) and setup location.
You will find some solar panels that store power and others that only work with the sun is out. The solar fountains that store power use a battery backup, you can see the full selection here.
Where do I place the solar panel? The tiered solar fountains have a solar panel that can go up to 15 feet away from the fountain itself. The solar panel hooks up to the pump inside the solar fountain and is placed away from the fountain where there is optimal sun exposure. Your solar panel will have several placement options, mount it, use the stake provided to place it in the grass or your landscaping, use the included mounting system to stand it on a hard surface. The solar birdbaths have a solar panel built in the top of the fountain so the sun can directly hit it and make the water flow.
What are the benefits of a solar fountain if I can't enjoy it everyday? The type of solar panel you get depends on the type of solar fountain you buy. Some fountains come equipped with separate solar panels that can be set up several feet away from the actual fountain. Other solar fountains come with solar panels built directly into the fountain itself. The best solar fountains are ones that are lightweight, easy to move inside when the weather becomes too inclement, and contain additional AC adapters for use inside. While solar fountains have the distinct advantage of utilizing natural energy, it’s important to remember that overcast days will slow or temporarily stop the fountain from working. Since the solar panels in most solar garden fountains do not store solar energy, the fountains will not work after nightfall. There are some distinct advantages to owning a solar fountain, including:
- No need for electrical outlets.
- The ability to set up the fountains anywhere in the yard, not just close to the home.
- Solar fountains are “green” in that they do not use electricity.
- Solar fountains are extremely user-friendly.
- Solar fountains are virtually maintenance free.
- There is no noise, emissions, or fuel.
Solar fountains work best in geographical areas where there is a great deal of direct sun, and little chance of freezing winter temperatures. However, if there is a risk of a freeze during colder months, simply disconnect the pump to avoid damage.
How do I keep debris out of my solar fountain's pump? There is actually a small piece of sponge/foam covering the fountain pump so debris can not get in and damage the pump.
Can I use my Solar Fountain Indoors? There is an AC Adapter included with the tiered solar fountains allowing them to be used indoors as well. The AC Adapter is approved only for indoor use so should only be used in an indoor outlet or on a covered porch.
Will my solar fountain work on a cloudy day? You will find that depending on how bright it is, your solar fountain may work. It will flow the strongest on a sunny day but may work on a brighter cloudy day, just not as strong. The solar panel does not store energy so your solar fountain will not work at night.
Can I use my solar fountain during the winter? You can use your solar powered fountain in the winter provided it is not below freezing. Not only could freezing weather and snow damage the solar panel, it could cause the bowls of the fountain to crack. Bring your solar fountain indoors for the winter to enjoy if you have an AC Adapter or store it in warm place.
Author: Amber Liddell, Net Health Shops, LLC