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5 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Home Standby Generator
By: Patti Dinneen
Standby generators automatically operate after your home experiences a power outage, helping homeowners following a severe storm. Are you considering installing a standby generator in your home to protect your investments and family’s sanity? Be sure to consult with a professional generator dealer first, and be sure to ask them these five questions before purchasing.
What Size Generator Is Best Suited For My Home?
Typically, generators are sized for a home based on what the homeowner is planning on powering when the utility power goes offline. The best generator size for a home depends on what the homeowner is hoping to power when the utility power is knocked offline. Generator sizing calculators can offer homeowners a general idea of the best size for their home before meeting with the installer. To find a perfectly-sized generator, Kohler has a simple calculator to determine what is best for your home. Check it our here.
Where Is The Best Place To Install A Standby Generator?
A prospective dealer can assist homeowners to determine optimal generator placement on the property. The dealer will also figure out if any custom installation work will be necessary. Generally, custom installation focuses on factors like burying wires underground or adding a concrete pad for the generator to be installed on.
Are There Any Installation And Permit Requirements?
Are There Any Specifications To Look For In A Standby Generator?
There are numerous specifications that indicate a quality generator. When you speak with a dealer to determine if they are a fit for your generator installation, keep these qualities in mind:
What Type Of Fuel Options Are Available?
The dealer will also discuss which fuel option (natural gas or liquid propane) is accessible and will work best for your home's generator system. In almost all instances, the dealer will suggest a generator that uses the fuel option that is already being used in the home.
Kinsley Power Systems
As the exclusive distributor of Kohler Power Systems solutions in the Western New England, Kinsley focuses on the specification, sales, service and rental of permanently installed generators, transfer switches, and switchgear (from 8.5kW home systems to 3.25MW industrial generators). Kinsley's residential sales are through our extensive dealer network of over 150 Kohler-certified dealers with extensive generator expertise. Locate one in your area here.
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