One of the first steps is to conduct a power audit on your home, which is something that Michigan Critical Power can help you with free of charge! We need to assess how much backup power your generator will have to supply.
You can place your generator closer to your home with some models if you have a small yard, while some models are not suited well for small yards. Consider spots away from windows, doors and vents. We can help you determine optimal generator placement on the property, figure out if any custom installation work will be necessary like burying wires underground or adding a concrete pad for the generator to be installed on.
Home standby generators are power by either natural gas or liquid propane and we will suggest a generator that uses the fuel option that is already being used in the home. Fuel use is directly related to electrical load. The size of the engine sets the minimum fuel use without an electrical load. As the electrical load increases, fuel use also increases as the engine has to provide more power while running at the same speed. Important comparisons to make are the specifications for full-load and half-load fuel consumption.
Transfer switches are an integral part of all back-up generator systems and necessary in order to isolate the generator from the utility system when you install a back-up generator to your home’s wiring system. Picking the right transfer switch is a crucial consideration for all installations, a majority of residential standby generator manufacturers offer transfer switches specifically designed to work with their standby generators.
For more information, give us a call at Michigan Critical Power!