Factors to consider when purchasing a solar powered bird bath.
It is always important to buy the best bird bath fountain that will gather more sun rays and effectively convert the solar energy into reliable power to run your fountain. A good solar powered bird bath should be strong enough to withstand extreme environmental factors and harsh weather conditions and last long enough.
There are various important factors to consider and evaluate before buying a solar powered bird bath. They include:
1. The size of the pump
The size of the pump is determined by the size of the fountain, and they should be directly proportional. As you choose a pump, it is important to consider the amount of water you want to pump and your ideal bird bath capacity. You need a bigger sized pump for higher water volumes and for low volumes a small pump will be adequate. The depth of the bath and the height of the jets you would are other factors to put into consideration as you choose a pump.
2. What time do you want to operate your fountain?
Solar pumps vary in the hours of effective operation. Some fountains work both day and night, and others operate only during the day. In case you intend to put up a bird bath and fountain that works around the clock, you need to buy one that works 24 hours non-stop. The ideal models are those with a rechargeable back up battery to store energy for you use when the sun goes down. If your idea is to have a fountain switched on only during the day, you can just buy anyone that appeals to you and is affordable for you.
3. The ideal location of the pump
Would you want your pump put in the open where it is visible to everyone or would you want it hidden? It is important to know that concealed solar panels require more wiring to connect it to the water fountain. It is also good to make sure that the solar panel is not obstructed from receiving direct sun rays. If you do not mind your pump being seen, you do not require long wiring because you can place it next to the fountain. With recent innovations and technological advancements, there are beautiful design units that are made to disguise into bird-like patterns. They camouflage appearing like an exterior adornment peak.
4. The materials used
Bird baths are made up of different types of materials. There are bird baths made of metals, and the best ones to go for are those made of brass or copper. They require high maintenance since they are susceptible to rust, but they are generally durable.
Some are also made of shells, glass and stone mosaics. They are appealing to the eye but very delicate and fragile. Those made using marble are durable.
4. Is the fountain single or double-tiered?
This is governed by your personal preferences, although double tiered fountains are spacious, and they are ideal for bigger outdoor spaces. The single-tiered fountains are generally small in size and ideal for limited outdoor spaces.
6. The size and power capacity of the solar panel
If your ideal fountain is intended to operate all day and night, you need to buy a bigger sized solar panel with a high power capacity to sustain the fountain effectively. Again, if the pump is big, it will pump more water, and this requires an equally large sized solar panel to match the high water circulations.
7. The head types
Solar powered fountains come with a variety of head types to choose from. They vary from spray nozzles, bubbly heads, and those that give multiple water patterns.
This is the general appearance of the fountain, the beauty, its style, and how well it blends in with your garden or backyard. It is good to buy a fountain that naturally blends with your ideal space without making it look odd or wrongly placed due to the color choices. Fountains are meant to add color, spice up and decorate your garden, or to contrast it tactically. If your garden is flowery and too colorful, a serious or an elegantly toned fountain could complete the look.