Need a Standby Generator? Consult an ExpertPublished on: April 19, 2015
Because this region experiences some of the most hazardous weather in the country, having a standby generator for your home assures you of home functionality in the event of a prolonged power outage. Even without the threat of hurricanes, thunderstorms are common during the spring and summer. Unexpected problems with the electrical grid can also take you offline for hours.
Who Needs a Standby Generator?
Anyone who depends on refrigeration for medications, works at home, or needs carefully controlled temperatures should consider a generator for safety, comfort and convenience. Unlike portable generators, standby generators run automatically whenever they detect a power interruption. The power these types produce goes directly into the circuit breaker box for your home, and how much power they provide depends on their size.
Choosing the best standby generator and installing it is a home improvement that requires a licensed contractor. Anyone who lacks the experience, knowledge and licensing when working with wiring and gas plumbing puts you at risk for house fires and explosions. A contractor will also know precisely how to calculate your electrical load based on how many and what appliances you want to run at once.
Since your cooling system requires the most power in your home, choose a local HVAC contractor for the job if you want to run your HVAC system. Being without conditioned air can adversely affect the health of infants and young children, as well as aging family members.
Your contractor will also know the zoning laws concerning the noise levels permissible. Generators are loud by nature, and the contractor will know the maximum decibel level you can use. It will make a difference, especially if you live in a dense urban environment or have a homeowners association.
Local regulations also specify the distance from windows and doors for placement to avoid deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, since most generators use natural gas or propane whose by-products include CO.