Reasons to Install a Standby Home Generator

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Should I Install a Generator?

With warmer months ahead, preemptive energy shutdowns and power outages will likely occur in the Boulder and Denver areas to prevent the threat of wildfire. Power shutoffs in your home can be inconvenient, and in some cases, dangerous. Factor Design Build can help you install a standby home generator that will prepare you for the next power outage.

Portable Vs. Standby Generators

  • Portable Generator
    • Portable models are generally stored in a garage, basement, or shed when not in use and wheeled into position when needed.
    • Portable models tend to be noisier and produce less power than standby models, typically running on gasoline, propane, or diesel fuel.
    • Although portable options are cheaper than standby generators, they are designed to run for shorter increments of time – typically about 6-18 hours.
  • Standby Generator
    • Home standby generators, also called stationary generators or whole-house generators, are permanently installed outside your home by a professional and have insulated housing that protects them from the weather and keeps them relatively quiet.
    • They kick on automatically when the electricity goes out and can power everything in your home at once.
    • They can operate for days or weeks on a full whole-house propane tank or indefinitely in the case of a natural gas or battery-powered version.

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When Does a Standby Generator Turn on?

Standby generators automatically turn on when electricity from the utility grid fails, triggering an automatic transfer switch that is installed at the same time as the generator. This switch senses when there is a power outage, and automatically disconnects your home’s wiring from the utility grid and reconnects it to the generator. This occurs quickly, so there is very little time when your home and appliances are without electricity.

How is a Standby Generator Powered?

A standby home generator is powered using propane gas, natural gas, or a battery backup system that is compatible with a home’s existing solar system. The standby generator will turn on at the first sign of a power interruption and can ensure that your family is safe and comfortable during the next extended power outage.

Where do you Install a Standby Generator?

A standby home generator will always be installed outside your home and placed at least five feet away from doors, windows, vents, and flammable material. A Factor Design Build specialist can walk you through the best installation location for your home, and answer any questions that you may have.

Are you ready to Install a Standby Generator?

Ready to prepare for the next power outage and install a standby generator in your home? Get in touch with Factor Design Build. Our skilled construction team has experience in installing generators and connecting them to your home’s electrical system. Contact us today to chat more about solutions for future power outages.

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