If you were a boy scout growing up, chances are you’re familiar with the motto, “be prepared.” However, in these uncertain times, where the grid is increasingly overloaded and weather patterns are becoming more extreme, being prepared is a huge part of electrical service, too.
At CMC Electric, we believe one of the best ways to stay prepared is by installing a backup generator. As a certified Generac Service Provider, we are proud to offer top-of-the-line generators to help you stay safe during rolling blackouts and power outages. However, before you call our skilled electricians, it is important to think about whether you need a whole-house generator, or a model that only provides backup power to essential circuits. Keep reading for what to consider before you install a whole-house generator, and let our experts at CMC Electric help you stay prepared, no matter what happens.
3 Things to Consider Before Installing a Whole-House Generator
- Fuel: Whole-house generators come in a range of models, powered by fuel types including natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and propane. If you have a natural gas line in your home, installing a gas-powered generator is probably the best option for you. If not, liquid propane is a very cost-efficient option. However, different fuel sources come with different costs, so make sure to do your research before deciding which type of whole-house generator is right for you.
- Location: Whole-house generators take up a large amount of space. Regardless of what kind of model you are looking at, it is important to have room on the exterior of your home, usually close to your electrical panel, to put one in. If you are not sure you will have the space for a whole-house generator somewhere on your property, it may be best to go with a smaller backup generator instead.
- Needs: Ultimately, deciding what type of generator you’re going to install is all about figuring out your home’s specific electrical needs. Most of these systems are what’s called “automatic standby generators.” This means that they turn on automatically when the power goes out, so no matter what you’re doing or where you are, your electrical system is always protected. On the other hand, these systems are far more expensive than portable generators, and its key to budget for installation costs. It’s also worth considering what electrical devices you use in your home—is your system powering work equipment, or medical devices? Could you lose a lot of important data if your power shuts off? Or do you have more limited electrical needs? If you’re fairly conservative with electrical usage in your home, you may be able to get what you need from a less powerful generator. However, the more essential appliances you have in your home, the more reason you have to install a home-house generator.
For more information about generators, contact us online, or call (919) 246-4798 to schedule emergency service 24/7!