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Written by Larry Cook

Installing Your Home Standby Generator This Spring – Part 1

Spring is here and states on the East Coast will occasionally be struck by storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 to November 30. Due to many factors, power outages that are weather-related may become more likely as hurricanes are increasing in number and strength.

Fortunately, the installation of a permanent standby generator at your home is a proven solution. When power from the utility is lost, the generator will automatically activate and begin generating electricity for your home within seconds.

As a homeowner, it is important to know that installing a standby unit will take more time and effort than a portable generator. Below covers six key steps required for the installation.

1) Hiring a Licensed Electrician

The initial and most important step is hiring a licensed electrician who will be best for your project. Make sure to talk to a handful of highly-rated professionals in your area to find someone who will be a good fit.

You can narrow them down by choosing a couple who are experts and very experienced in standby generator installation. An important factor to determine will be the power requirements of your home. You will then need to get quotes and references.

2) Getting Local Permits

Permits may be needed for installing your permanent standby generator. Work with your electrician to confirm what will be required with your local municipality. This professional is typically responsible for obtaining the permits needed. Obtaining approvals may take several days and should be factored in on your schedule.

3) Selecting Location

In order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, the standby generator must be located a safe distance from your home. The location must meet local electrical codes and follow manufacturer guidelines.

Below are the recommendations provided by Generac.

  • Select a stable area with adequate drainage to prevent flooding
  • There must be sufficient space around the generator for technicians to perform maintenance
  • Must comply with homeowner’s association and community restrictions
  • A minimum of 18 inches away from home
  • 60 inches away from windows, doors, and fresh air intakes
  • 36 inches of clearance space in front of the generator for servicing
  • Installation costs will be reduced if the unit is closer to the electric meter and natural gas line

Part 2 will cover Prepping the Surface, Ensuring the Proper Delivery, and Installation of Generator.

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