5 Things to Consider When Buying a Standby Generator
Posted On: January 9, 2020
Everyone has, at one time or another, been caught in a winter storm and the power goes out. Sometimes these outages only last a couple of hours, but others can last for days. While this can be very inconvenient and unexpected for families, a backup generator can be a great solution to keeping your family warm and your home safe. If you’re considering investing in a backup home generator, here are a few questions to ask before buying:
How do I know if a standby generator is right for me? Outside of the obvious inconveniences that come with being out of power, one main reason a generator might be right for you is if you’re at risk of losing your personal property if the power fails. This might be frozen pipes during an outage, expensive food spoiling or necessary medical equipment working improperly. The best time to have a standby generator installed is before something like this happens to you.
Prioritize your power needs. When the power goes out unexpectedly, what do you need to carry on with your basic daily functions? Some people install generators to keep the essential functions of their home up and running, such as the refrigerator, heat, and a few lights. Other people invest in a generator to continue functioning as if the power is not out. Before you invest in a standby generator for your home, decide what you’ll use it for and what you can live without. The greater the size and use of the system, the greater the cost.
What size generator is adequate for my home? Generators supply a specific amount of power that can’t be stretched. When talking with an electrician, make sure you request an NEC (National Electric Code) approved load calculation with the estimated cost of the appropriate size generator to meet your needs and home size.
Know what you’re buying. Be sure to do some research and talk to an electrical professional about the type of back up generator you are buying. Read reviews, ask about their warranty information and preventive maintenance agreements. Short Pump Heating & Air offers Generac generators, because of their high quality, dependability and overall cost for our customers.
What does installation involve? You’ll want to have a certified electrician install your new generator. The contractor would have a site survey, that will help determine generator placement at your home, so it’s in accordance with local codes and ordinances. In most cases, this is a spot located close to the home’s incoming gas and electric line. The electrician will level the surface where your generator will reside, often line the top with crushed gravel or a concrete pad, and then the generator will be installed to the automatic transfer switch.