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May 02
2016

How To Plan For A Home Standby Generator Installation

By: Patti Dineen

 

Though the winter has finally passed, the next season of severe weather is just around the corner. Everything from torrential downpours, flooding, brush fires, and high winds will impact lives across New England in the coming months. Without fail, every year millions of utility customers manage without power for periods ranging from a few hours to a few weeks. Certainly, not everyone in the area will be affected by the season’s power outages, there is no guarantee that homeowners will have uninterrupted power.

Kinsley Power systems keeps residential standby generators in stock and ready to ship within a few days, but that doesn’t mean homeowners can order a generator today and plug it in tomorrow. Standby generator installation requires delicate planning, access to building permits, inspections, and a licensed electrician. This post includes tips for planning a home generator installation. Don’t be left in the dark!

The Planning Process

Prior to your purchase, determine a set location for the generator that meets local and national electrical codes, as well as the manufacturers recommendation. Typically, most residential standby generators should be situated two feet away from the building with 3 feet of clearance on either side and in front of the unit.

It’s crucial for homeowners to speak with the local building department in person. Staying up-to-date on local codes as well as what it takes to install the generator properly will help homeowners to spot sub-par work and avoid problems in the future. Some communities require an inspection to ensure the location and electrical system are up to code.

Find An Electrician

Find an electrician with ample generator installation experience. Ask them how many generators they have installed and briefly discuss the installation process with them. Additionally, it’s always in the homeowners’ best interest to obtain references, and anyone with satisfied customers will be happy to provide a few references.

An experienced electrician will be able to help homeowners to understand local electrical codes, and can provide assistance for acquiring building permits and having the work pass a final inspection.

The installation of some automatic transfer switches will require the electrician to interrupt the power from the meter— an electrician can safely disconnect the meter and complete the installation, but dealing with live wires direct from the pole isn’t something that should be handled as a DIY project. In some instances, the electric utility requires notification ahead of time— it’s all the more reason to employ the services of a qualified electrician. For a certified dealer who can help you, go here.

Thinking Ahead

Don’t wait for the next big storm to begin your search for a residential generator. Plan ahead for severe storms and other utility disruptions and begin planning your installation today. Trust us: you won’t be sorry when the rest of the neighborhood is dark and you’re sitting in the comfort of your well-lit home.

Kinsley Power Systems

Kinsley Power Systems has sold, serviced and rented emergency power systems throughout the Northeastern United States for nearly 50 years.  A repeat KOHLER Power Systems “Distributor of the Year,” Kinsley serves both residential and industrial generator markets with products ranging from 8.5kW residential systems to multiple megawatt commercial packages.

If you are looking to discuss residential generator service plans, please email: info@kinsley-group.com.

Kinsley Power Systems

Kinsley Power Systems has sold, serviced and rented emergency power systems throughout the Northeastern United States for nearly 50 years.  A repeat KOHLER Power Systems “Distributor of the Year,” Kinsley serves both residential and industrial generator markets with products ranging from 8.5kW residential systems to multiple megawatt commercial packages.

If you are looking to discuss residential generator service plans, please email: mailto:info@kinsley-group.com.

- See more at: http://www.kinsley-group.com/blog?article=60#sthash.bA4L70oz.dpuf

Kinsley Power Systems

Kinsley Power Systems has sold, serviced and rented emergency power systems throughout the Northeastern United States for nearly 50 years.  A repeat KOHLER Power Systems “Distributor of the Year,” Kinsley serves both residential and industrial generator markets with products ranging from 8.5kW residential systems to multiple megawatt commercial packages.

If you are looking to discuss residential generator service plans, please email: mailto:info@kinsley-group.com.

- See more at: http://www.kinsley-group.com/blog?article=60#sthash.bA4L70oz.dpuf

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