A backup generator is a great resource to have in case the power ever goes out in your home. It can power your fridge to keep food from spoiling and keep the lights on so your children don’t get scared. But how do you know which unit is best for your home? Here are a few things you should consider when getting a generator.
The Power Requirements
You have to ask yourself if you’re going to be powering your entire home or just an emergency space. If you want to power your entire home, you’ll have to account for peak demands, like times during summer months, and the capacity of your electrical services. If you only want to cover emergency areas, you may have to have an electrician split the circuits to a special emergency panel.
The Fuel Type
Most backup generators run on natural gas, diesel, or propane. You’ll want to consider the cost of each type of fuel, as well as its availability in your area. Diesel and propane often require refills during extended power outages, while natural gas is commonly provided by your utility company. However, the type of fuel you can use may be mandated by your town, so be sure check that out.
You should aim to have your generator in a spot that is easily reached for maintenance as well as high enough for keep rising water from reaching it. Regardless of whether you place your backup generator inside or outside, it will have to meet certain safety requirements. If you place it outdoors, it probably will also need to be covered to meet sound requirements.
Air Treatment Company is the Fairfax, VA area’s authorized Kohler generator dealer and installer. We are locally owned and offer FREE in-home consultations and cost proposals for whole house electrical generators. To learn more about our in-home consultation or to schedule yours, call us at (703) 270-0881.