If you've decided you need a standby generator, chances are you've been spending a lot of time researching your options. If you don't know much about generators and how they work, chances are you have no idea what to look for when purchasing a generator. Fortunately, here is some information that should help you when it comes to your search for the perfect generator for your needs.
1. What Are Your Power Needs?
Your power needs will have a major influence on how much you spend on a generator. The best way to determine the ideal size for your generator is thinking about whether you need the generator to run your entire building or simply emergency loads in the event that there is a power outage. Only emergency circuits need to be considered if you're sizing just for emergency loads. Otherwise, you will need to consider amperage of your electrical service and peak demands.
2. What Fuel Type?
Propane, natural gas, and diesel are the most common fuel types for generators. Gasoline has a short life of stability. Therefore, even though gasoline may be the most convenient choice, it is likely the poorest choice. Some factors to consider include the cost of the fuel and the availability of the fuel. Certain types of fuels are not available in certain areas. For example, you may not be able to use propane within city limits depending on where you live. Pay close attention to local code requirements.
3. Who Will Do the Installation?
You should have a licensed electrician do the installation. However, you may also need the help of a licensed plumber. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Make sure that you pick a company that is reputable and has a good track record when it comes to generator installations. You may benefit from a referral from a trusted friend, coworker, or family member.
If you're in the market for a residential generator, contact American Generators Sales & Service for all generator needs.