You may think you are prepared for a natural disaster, but if you don't have a backup power generator, you're not as prepared as you think. A couple of good flashlights, batteries, and a radio to listen to for information are important, but if the power is out for an extended period of time, you will need a good backup power generator. These generators are available in a wide variety of wattage and prices. It's simple enough to figure out the best wattage based on your current power usage, but there are a few things you need to know about the installation.
You need to choose between propane and natural gas
Natural gas is a popular choice because gas lines run underground and are usually unaffected by a natural disaster. The one exception to this is in areas prone to earthquakes. It is possible the gas company can shut off your gas if there has been a severe earthquake. Otherwise, natural gas represents a continuous supply. However, you can run out of propane. If you already have a big propane tank you're using for your home, you might want to consider propane. If not, you will need a propane tank with a large enough capacity to power your generator for several days. This will add to the price of installation.
This is not a do-it-yourself job for a homeowner
It is not recommended that you try to install a generator yourself. You will likely need a permit, and there will likely be an inspection. A licensed professional will get any needed permits and inspections done as a routine part of the job. You will also need both a plumber and an electrician. A plumber will hook up your gas line and run it through your meter. An electrician will be hooking up the generator to your house. By using licensed professionals, the job will be done properly, and your homeowners' insurance policy will cover any unforeseen accidents that could occur due to the installation.
You need to determine the location of the generator
Although you can buy the generator yourself, you need to know the requirements for the generator's placement. For example, it may need to be elevated from the ground, resting on a cement block, or maybe it can be set on gravel. Based on the manufacturer's recommendations, you need to scout out the best placement around your house. You also need to account for the exhaust. You don't want the exhaust pipe near a window due to dangerous CO2 emissions. Keep in mind that although plumbers and electricians are able to run piping to and from the hookups, distances that are longer than average can affect the price of installation.
The installation cost will relate to the size of your generator and the type of generator. You will need to choose the location for the generator, and most importantly, you should use a licensed plumber and electrician for the installation.
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7 September 2022
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