Having a stand-by generator installation completed is a great way to prepare for the worst. You never know when natural or man-made disasters might cut your power. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t suddenly have to go without air conditioning or refrigeration in the summer, or without heat in the winter? A stand-by generator senses when your home has lost power from the utility company, and turns on automatically. In fact, the transition from utility to generator power is virtually seamless.
The stand-by generator installation process is far more complicated than it sounds. When you think of a generator, you probably think of the little machines you buy at the hardware store. You put in some gas, pull the starter cord, and you suddenly have power flowing into your RV or cabin. A stand-by generator is bigger and more intricate than that. Here are four reasons why you should not attempt DIY stand-by generator installation:
1. The Breakers
You have to start the entire process by installing an electrical sub-panel and transferring the critical breakers from the main panel to the sub-panel. Critical breakers would include the ones that control the power going to HVAC equipment, refrigerator, and your major lighting requirements. Yes, this part of the process is complicated, and it can pose a shock hazard if you don’t know what you’re doing.
2. The Natural Gas
A stand-by generator runs on natural gas, not gasoline like your RV’s generator. That means that natural gas pipe needs to be laid through your yard. A stand-by generator is typically installed at least several yards from the house, so the natural gas line will run from your gas meter to the generator. Another thing the average person should never tinker with is natural gas!
3. The Meter
The typical American home has a low-pressure gas meter installed on the outside perimeter of the house. Or, you may not have natural gas service at all. Either way, your home will require a high-pressure gas meter to satisfy the needs of the stand-by generator. This is another task that calls for a professional.
4. The Particulars
There are several factors to consider when deciding what model of stand-by generator you need to have installed. The size of your home will determine the size of the generator, but do you need an air-cooled or liquid-cooled model? Should you get one with an aluminum or steel enclosure? Your best bet is to ask an expert.
Arc Angel Electric Can Help You with Your Stand-By Generator Installation
Congratulations on making the decision to prepare your home for disaster. You never know when life is going to throw you a curveball, but having a generator at the ready will help you weather the storm in comfort. To get peace of mind with your stand-by generator installation, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243.