Keeping your house running through a natural disaster or local power outage is a priority if you have young children or an elderly relative living at home. Unless you are already a backup generator expert, you probably don’t know exactly what kind of generator will be the best fit for you. Here are a few helpful tips for picking the right kind of backup generator.
#1 - Get the right size system for your home:
Generators are not a ‘one-size fits all’ technology. Different generators produce different amounts of power. A generator that’s too small for your needs won’t do the job and one that produces too much energy is wasteful. Work with a professional to identify what home systems you want to run in an emergency. This will help them determine how powerful a generator you need.
#2 - Make sure you invest in a good ATS system:
An automatic transfer switch, or ATS, is a must-buy for most homeowners. For starters, an ATS will automatically activate your generator during an outage and disconnect your home from the local power grid. The latter is important, since an unexpected power return can damage a functioning generator. A reputable dealer will help you find the right ATS to work with your generator.
#3 - Pick the right generator for your neighborhood:
Some generators are designed to be quiet, subtle machines able to operate discreetly in a crowded subdivision. Others are heavy, loud machines intended for use in industrial applications where operating decibel level is not a significant factor. If you are a residential homeowner, make sure you are getting a quieter model intended for that kind of job.
#4 - Have an installation plan before you buy:
Most residential backup generator models have an attractive finish and won’t look out of place outside your home, but the last thing you want to do is discover your intended installation location is too small or poorly placed for easy electric connection. If you’re not sure where you should put your backup generator, your dealer can help you figure out the best placement.
In short, before you run out and buy a backup generator, spend a few minutes thinking about what you need and want. If you have questions, your dealer or a trained Ingram’s Water & Air service technician will be happy to answer them.