The decision to install a backup generator is an excellent way of ensuring that your house will retain access to electricity when the local power grid fails. While one of these generators can be a wise investment, there are basic guidelines that you should consider to ensure you choose the perfect generator for your needs.
Calculate The Energy Needs Of The House
To choose a generator that will be suitable for your home, it is first necessary to calculate the amount of energy that is needed to keep your house operational. This can help you avoid mistakes where you choose a generator that will be unable to power your entire home. While one of these generators may still be able to keep the refrigerator and other essential appliances running, a nominal additional cost could have yielded a generator that could power the entire house. If you are unsure of what is involved with performing this calculation, it is possible to have an electrician perform an energy usage audit of the house so that you can better know what to look for in your generator.
Decide Whether You Want A Portable Or Permanent Generator
When you are evaluating potential generators, one of the first things that you will want to decide about your new generator is to choose between a permanent or portable one. If you choose a portable generator, you will need to move the generator into position and connect it to the home's electrical system. In contrast, a permanent generator will be permanently attached to the house. This will allow you to avoid the needing to connect the generator yourself. Furthermore, many of these generators can be configured to monitor for an interruption in the power supply so that it can automatically activate when this happens.
Be Mindful Of Where You Place Your Generator
When you are first deciding on having a generator installed, you should pay special attention to where you will have it placed. This can be an important decision for ensuring that you can easily reach the generator if it needs to be manually started. Also, you should choose a spot that will not be prone flooding as this could be very damaging to the generator. To help minimize the risk of this happening, you may want to have a concrete platform poured so that you can elevate the generator so that it will be further out of reach of the water.
Contact a residential electrician for more information and assistance.