So you lost power, now you are thinking about how nice it would be to have it when it was missing, or you thought about what if it was out longer. How much food could I have lost? Or what if it was winter and my pipes froze up? In planning for a home backup generator, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
- What do I want to keep on when I lose power from the electric company. Do you want to keep everything on or just the essentials? Maybe it is somewhere in between. Next, make a list of all appliances, rooms and equipment that you will want to keep on.
- Do you want a portable or a permanently-installed generator? Portable – You can store in a shed or garage. You will have to connect cord and start the generator manually with a key or pull start. Permanent – The generator will be permanently sitting in your yard and will be continually monitoring your power. It will start automatically if there is a problem with the power from the utility company.
- Where do I want the generator to be located? Permanent Generator: It will be located there year round. Portable: It can be stored elsewhere and moved into the location of the connection point when the loss of power occurs. Most of the time generators are located near the electric meter. This makes the installation simpler due to the fact that the electric service is usually on the opposite side of the wall.
- What type of fuel will run your generator? Portable: Gasoline, LP, or diesel? Permanent: LP, NG, or diesel? Do you have an easy way to refuel when your home backup generator is getting low on fuel.
Now that you have a plan for you home backup generator, contact us online or call us at 715.432.1415 for your free consultation.