A Guide to Installing a Backup Generator in Your Home

A Guide to Installing a Backup Generator in Your Home

Winter is coming, and with it will come a new wave of blizzards and inclement weather that will hit the area hard. Our civic electrical grids are usually up to the challenge, but Mother Nature always has the final word, and your home can find itself without power as quickly as it takes a power line to blow over. You should always have preparations for such incidents in mind, including food, warm blankets, and other supplies ready to hold out a few days if necessary.

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But the best way to keep your home safe from power outages is a backup generator installed on your property. A good generator will keep you connected no matter what’s happening in the world outside. And with help from your technician, you can ensure that it’s installed the right way. Here are a few tips to guide you in the right direction.

Determine Your Power Needs

Generators are designed to put out a specific amount of electrical energy and you want to make sure any unit you buy can handle the load. Ideally, you can purchase one that handles all of your home’s needs. If you want a less expensive model, you should determine which electrical items in your home are necessary in a crisis (the refrigerator for example), and which ones can stay turned off until power is restored (say, an entertainment system).

Regardless, it helps to perform an energy audit determining exactly how much power your home requires, then ranking each light or appliance according to priority. That allows you to determine the minimum power output levels required to maintain your home, and how many additional items your new generator will be able to support.

Where to Place It?

Placement is almost as important as size when it comes to your home generator. If it runs on natural gas, it needs to be somewhere that the lines can easily reach. If it uses diesel or other fuel, it needs to be somewhere where you can refuel it easily. (You should also determine its fuel type and consumption rate, and have enough fuel on hand for several days at all times in such cases.) Regardless, you need to select a spot for it that allows it to vent any exhaust, power your home’s electrical systems easily, and can be quickly reached in the middle of a blizzard or other emergency in case you need to check on it.

Get It Maintained

Once the generator is installed, you should get it periodically checked every year in the fall, before the winter season really begins. That way, you can get a jump on any repairs and can be sure that it will work exactly as intended to the moment trouble arises. In addition, you should always keep spare parts such as bolts, screws, and filters on hand to replace in the event you need to during a crisis.

For quality generator installation in New City, NY, call upon the friendly professionals at Design Air, Inc. to take care of it every time.