Research and planning is essential for making the right decision.
As always, it’s critical for a person do their research before buying a generator for their home.
An informed purchasing decision will ensure you’re not spending more than you need to, and will help you to avoid any destructive errors such as forgetting to include important components in your generator system that are specific to your home’s needs.
If you’ve read our initial blog on the important factors to consider when purchasing a residential generator, you’ve likely already sorted out whether your residential generator investment is more of a necessity purchase, or a convenience purchase.
Now, let’s get into some more of the most important factors to consider before buying a residential generator.
Firstly, it’s important to determine which electrical items or appliances will be needed most in an emergency situation.
Because food will always be one of your top priorities: in order save the valuable perishables in your refrigerator and freezer, the refrigerator will need to be on the system, as well as any stand-alone freezer. Other electrical kitchen items include stovetops and microwaves.
More systems to be considered include your heating and cooling, lights, as well as medical equipment and items pertaining to work and entertainment (computers, televisions, phone chargers, etc), sump pumps to prevent the instance of a flood, as well as your washer and dryer systems (although this would be at the bottom of the priority list).
After determining which electrical items in your home will be requiring backup power, you can now determine the size of your generator.
In order to determine the size of your home generator, calculate the total of watts by checking the manufacturer information for each appliance. Consider both running and starting watts. This will be key in helping you to determine what size generator will be required for your home.
Alternatively, a trained electrician can help you to make this determination, or you can use our helpful online Standby Generator Sizing Calculator tool by simply providing your postal code, square footage and appliances. The calculator will then do the work and recommend the best generator to fit your home's backup power requirement.
Taking budget into consideration
Remember, the cost of the generator itself is only part of the equation - you'll need to budget for the installation as well. As a general rule of thumb, smaller home generator projects will typically cost anywhere from $8-12k. Mid-sized projects generally have a budget of around $16k – with a full home switchover commonly falling under this category. Lastly, larger home power projects can extend into the $20k+ budget range.
Climate matters, too
Homes in climates that have freezing temperatures need to protect against frozen pipes, and the furnace will need to be running on emergency power. On the other hand, homes in climates that have hot temperatures and high humidity need to back up the air conditioner to protect against mold damage.
Homes with well water will also need to have the well pump on the generator system if toilets are to be flushed.
Let our team of power experts help you with your home generator project.
Securing your home with emergency backup power not only provides you with peace of mind, but will also increase the value of your home by roughly 5-8%! What are you waiting for?
Our team at T&T Power Group are here to help you start investing in backup power for your home today. Reach out to us to learn more, or to get started.