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How to Prepare Your Home for a Generator

How to Prepare Your Home for a Generator

Posted on:17 Dec, 2019 / Posted In: Generac

Planning for your future and your security, especially in the face of natural disasters and emergencies, may mean making some home improvements. As part of this, buying a home standby generator can be key. A generator can provide your home with an immediate, reliable source of power in the event of a blackout.

As you think about generator installation and start to prepare your home, there are some basic to-dos that you’ll need to address first. If you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, you can handle some of this yourself – otherwise, turn to Generator Technologies Inc. for the assistance you need.

Install a Transfer Switch

As explained by Consumer Reports, a portable generator needs a transfer switch to safely power the whole house. Not only is running a generator without a transfer switch unsafe, but you’ll also run the risk of losing device power. With a portable generator, you’ll absolutely need a transfer switch. The good news, though, is that if you install a standby generator, the generator will likely have a built-in transfer switch that will automatically change power sources when the power goes off. As such, choosing a standby generator over a portable one could save you money and hassle.

Decide How Much Power You Need

You may need to consult with a professional in determining how much power your home needs and what appliances you’ll want to continue running in the event of a blackout. Once you decide how much you want to power–and therefore how much wattage you’ll need when it comes to choosing a generator–you’ll also want to consider how much fuel the generator will need to run and how much fuel will cost. 

Select Your Generator

Once you have an idea of what your home will need, it’s time to start shopping around for generators. Again, you may be on the fence about whether you should get a portable backup generator or a standby generator, as well as which brand of generator is best. From there, you’ll also want to consider which company you’ll choose for generator installation, assuming you won’t be doing it yourself.

Generator Technologies Inc. Can Answer All of Your Questions and More

If you have questions about generator installation in Indiana or Illinois, our team at Generator Technologies Inc. can help. We are passionate about helping homeowners like you prepare for emergencies, and believe that generator installation can be a critical part of the solution. 

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