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Standby Generators for Homes
Home standby generators can maintain security and comfort for your home and family in the event of a power outage. Generators are becoming more and more common in area homes due to hurricanes and power grid issues. In fact, new homes are even being built with generators as a standard option. For older homes they can be easily be added as to your home’s electrical system.
How does a standby generator work?
A standby generator constantly monitors incoming voltage from the utility lines and when the power is interrupted, the generator goes into action. The transfer switch automatically disconnects power from the incoming utility lines and then creates a new power line from the generator to your homes electrical system. All of this happens in a matter of seconds-automatically.
Things to consider when purchasing a standby generator.
The first would be the configuration that would best fit your home. Generators come in several configurations including; air-cooled, liquid-cooled, propane powered or natural gas powered. The second would be to make sure you have one large enough to power all of your needs. Generators are rated in kilowatts. Home standby generators usually range from 25-60 kilowatts. They also come in different sound levels. Our licensed electricians can help you find the kilowatt size and the configuration that would best fit your home and area.
Another consideration is where to install it. If you live in a subdivision you should always check with your homeowners association before purchasing. They may have deed restrictions in regards to location and noise levels. If you live in the suburbs then your most likely location would be on the same side of the home where the electrical panel and gas connections are located. Generators are usually mounted on slabs. Keep in mind if you live in a flood prone area, to have your slab elevated above flood levels to ensure smooth operation.
Should you have the generator professionally installed or do-it-yourself?
Most generators come with very specific instruction booklets. A homeowner with above average electrical, plumbing, and construction skills could probably handle the task. BUT, the only sure way to get the generator installed to local and state codes is to have it professionally installed by a licensed electrician. They will be able to provide the permits and code knowledge to make sure it’s done right the first time. This is especially important should you sell your home since inspectors will rigorously look for code violations. Another factor on deciding on installation is the weight of the generator. They can be very heavy. Think about the location in terms of getting it over fencing, and up on the elevated slab. This alone can be the hardest part of the installation. Our electricians have installed so many of these generators that they have the equipment and manpower to get it into place without a hitch.
Generators can provide that extra level of comfort during hurricanes and other disaster related power outages. They will decrease your dependency on the outside world for your comfort. For hurricane prone areas, just having a refrigerator, ice, and air conditioning can make it all worthwhile.
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