Standby Generators: 3 Things You May Want To Know

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Power outages can occur anywhere, at any time, and they can be very inconvenient and costly. If you are tired of the times when you have no power, and if you are sick of losing food because of it, you could consider hiring a heating contractor to install a standby generator system for you. While these are not necessary cheap to purchase, they can make life so much less convenient when power outages occur.

What Is a Standby Generator?

There are two main types of generators you can purchase for your home. The first type is a standard generator you can use when your power goes out. To use it, you must attach it to your electrical panel and fill it with gas. While it will power your house when necessary, it can be inconvenient to hook it up and get it running.

The other type is called a standby generator. This type is tied to the electric of your house, and it is designed to automatically turn on when the power goes out. You will not have to turn it on or even fill it with gas. It operates on natural gas (or propane), and this is nice because natural gas is cheaper to use than regular gas. When the generator turns on, it will automatically stop the electric supply to your house, which is vital when using a generator.

The generator is placed outside of your house, and this is where it always remains. When it turns on, it will be loud just like a traditional generator, but it will serve the purpose of powering your house when the electric is not working.

What Features Should You Look At When Purchasing One?

Choosing the right standby generator system takes thought because there are so many to choose from. You can talk to an HVAC contractor about this, and the contractor will probably look into several factors when recommending a system for your house. These will include:

  • Electrical panel – One of the first things the contractor will find out is how much power your electrical panel has. Homes generally have 100-amp or 200-amp breakers, and this is important when selecting the right generator.
  • Strength – The contractor will ask you what you want the generator to power when it turns on. You do not have to purchase one that is big enough to power your entire house, but the HVAC company should take into consideration the type of AC system you have when making this recommendation. The strength of a generator is usually labeled in terms of kilowatts (kW).
  • Building codes – Contractors should also make sure that your neighborhood allows standby generator systems, and if there are any regulations relating to size or placement of them.

Another factor to consider in this decision is the amount of money you want to spend to get a home generator system.

How Much Will It Cost?

According to FIXR, standby generator systems can range in price from $2,500 to $15,000. The amount you will pay will depend on the size of the system and on the installation charges required for hooking up the system.

When you request a quote for this, you should make sure that the following services are included in the total cost:

  • The actual generator
  • All the supplies needed to hook it up
  • Concrete pad for the generator to rest on
  • Electrical work, including a new panel if necessary

Having a standby generator will make life so much easier during storms and power outages. If you would like to learn more about these systems, or find out what types of brands are available (such as Carrier systems), call or look at a site such as http://www.alliedairheat.com to contact an HVAC company today.

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