If you’re considering purchasing a generator for your home and would like a better understanding of generators and what’s involved please take a moment to review our Generator FAQ’s. If you need help selecting a generator or have further questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
There are times when you could be without power for moments, hours or days. It could be an equipment failure on the part of the utility company or severe weather that disrupts the power grid.
The purpose of a generator is to take over when power is lost and provide you with the electricity you need.
- Standby Generators
Standby generators run on liquid propane gas or natural gas and are installed to a fixed location outside of your home. Paired with an automatic transfer switch the generator detects any interruption in power from the utility company and automatically turns on to act as your backup power supply. When utility power returns your standby generator will shut itself down.
- Prime Power Generators
Prime power generators are meant to be a continuous source of power and are usually needed in cases where there is no access to public electric utilites.
The best way to understand your options is to contact us for a free, no obligation in-home assessment. We are more then happy to learn about your needs and work within your budget to provide the optimal generator solution.
- The cost of the generator itself
- If you want to use your generator for powering all or part of your home you’ll need a transfer switch. A transfer switch is a device that is fed by both utility and generator power. It isolates the two types of power from each other so a back feed does not occur. National Electrical Code (NEC) requires a device like this if two types of power are going to feed the house.
- If you opt for a stand by generator then be sure to get an estimate for professional installation. As part of the installation there may also be costs related to required local permits.
- Once your generator is up and running it will periodically require routine maintenance in order to ensure optimal performance
After the in-home consultation we will provide you with recommendations for the best generator, where the generator should be placed and provide a cost estimate that includes:
- Standby generator cost
- Required transfer switch and modules
- Generator installation cost – largely dependent on home electrical and fuel configuration
- Permit costs, labor and other incidental requirements
Once the installation requirements are finalized, permits are obtained and the generator is received we will schedule a time to perform the actual installation.
For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation please contact us today.