If you’ve ever been without power for an extended period of time then you know how inconvenient and, in some cases, dangerous it can be if the weather is extreme. In situations like hurricane Sandy where millions of people were without power for days, having a whole home generator could potentially protect your family from power outage. But what should you look for when considering a whole home generator in Westchester County, NY? We thought it would be helpful to put together some of the initial things you should consider as you move forward with buying a whole home generator.
Probably the first thing that you should think about is how much power you need to power your home. Generators come in all different kinds of sizes and you need to figure out what size will be appropriate for your home. The output of the generator will greatly impact the cost as well. You need to take your budget into account when you’re deciding what generator to buy. You could get a generator that can power your entire home. But if you don’t have the budget for that, you could get one that can power just your refrigerator and heating system.
Pull-Start or Electric
If you get a generator under 5,000 Watts, it could have a pull-start. If your power goes out you’ll have to walk out to the generator and start it manually by pulling the cord. If you don’t think you’ll be able to do that or if you don’t want to have to do that, there are whole home generators that will come on automatically when the power drops off.
Your generator will most likely run on some kind of gas or oil product in order to run. You should check on the availability of fuels in your area. In almost every case natural gas is cheaper. But definitely check with your local utility companies or suppliers about the pricing and availability of propane, oil and natural gas.
If you have any questions about whole home generators and which one is right for your home, call Design Air. We provide complete whole home generator installation, repair and maintenance throughout the Westchester County, NY area. Contact us today.