What You Should Know Before You Choose A Standby Generator

A standby generator is a valuable addition to any Commerce, Walled Lake, or West Bloomfield-area home. With the ability to power all or some of your home equipment when your home loses power, you’ll be assured better safety and home comfort.

Before selecting a standby generator, there are a few things you should know about these systems.

Choosing type

There are three basic types of generators from which to choose:

  • Essential circuit models – This type of generator will have limited power, generally up to 16 circuits. However, it’s a cost-effective choice for homeowners who desire power to a home’s essential systems during a power outage.
  • Smart circuit systems – A standby generator with a “smart” circuit can alternate which systems receive power. They can essentially provide power to your entire home’s systems, just not all at once. The generator basically functions by determining the power draw on the system, while limiting other systems from accessing power in order to balance demand.
  • Whole-house generator – This system will generally cost more than other options, but it will also provide power to your entire home, ensuring that you have heat or A/C, lights and other home comforts.

Installation factors

You can generally choose a standby generator powered by either natural gas or propane. Installation should be performed by a professional, especially if you’re connecting to the home’s natural gas line.

Here’s what you need to know about installation:

  • A qualified contractor should install the generator, along with the automatic transfer switch, which senses when the power has gone out and will automatically switch on the generator.
  • It’s important to size your natural gas connection correctly, so that it fits the home’s gas meter and gas pipes. The pressure of the gas should also be tested.

If you live in Commerce, Walled Lake, or West Bloomfield, then make this the year you install a standby generator, and stop worrying about what you’ll do the next time the power goes out. For expert help, contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling, serving Michigan residents since 1945.

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