4 Questions to Ask an Electrician About a Whole House Generator
January 29, 2021
Power outages are common incidents in Florida. From hurricanes to thunderstorms, it’s difficult to predict when the power will go out. This is why many Floridians install a whole house generator to stay powered up during prolonged power outages.
Generator installation requires careful consideration, from the brand you choose to who you hire you get it done. There are many things to consider such as the size of the generator, where it will be installed, and when should it be installed. To make things easier, we have compiled a list of 4 must-ask questions to ensure the installation of your whole house generator goes smoothly.
Question # 1: What Size Should My Generator Be?
First, you must think about what you want to stay running when the power goes out and make your decision clear to the electrician.
Would you want your basic appliances to keep running or would you want most of your home to operate as normal?
They will then factor in your house’s electrical capacity and recommend a generator that best fits your home. This step is crucial because if the generator is ill-fitting it will lead to low-quality performance.
Question # 2: Where Should My Generator be Installed?
A whole house generator takes up space. Make sure you have room on the exterior of your home to accommodate it. Installing your generator beside or near your electrical panel will help with the installation process.
The accessibility of the area where the generator will be installed will also affect the process. Having an expert look at the exterior of your home will allow them to make recommendations on where to best place the generator.
A survey (site plan) is also very useful in determining the location a generator can be installed in reference to the county set back requirements, flood zones, and county permitting guidelines.
Question # 3: When Should I Install the Generator?
The purchase and installation of a whole-home standby generator can take up to a couple of months. We always recommend starting the process way ahead of the hurricane season to make sure your generator is installed properly by then. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 – December 1, so it’s best to begin the process in January or February.
Question # 4: How Much Noise Will the Generator Make?
Generators are popular for making loud and persistent noises (especially portable, gasoline-run generators), but modern standby generators are usually quiet enough where it will not become a nuisance. Part of it will depend on the brand and the size.
Get Started on Installing Your Whole House Generator Today
Get ready for hurricane season and thunderstorms with our Kohler whole house generators. Our technicians ensure your generator is sized and installed properly so you get optimal performance. We also provide proper maintenance plans so it can stay running smoothly for a prolonged time.
Our Titanium Kohler Dealer status attests that we will exceed your expectations in customer service, professionalism, and overall installation process. Book your appointment with us today or give us a call at (239) 330-4520 to get started.