Electrical3 Factors to Consider when Buying a Whole-House Generator

While there are some self sufficient individuals that may prefer to live completely off the grid, most of us here in Washington enjoy then comfort and convenience that electricity allows for. If you want to ensure that your daily routine does not come grinding to a standstill just because the power goes out in our area, then you are wise to invest in a whole-house generator. You are even wiser to make the decision of which generator to use very carefully. Consider the following tips, and be sure to give us a call with any questions that you have regarding your generator in Everett, WA.

Sizing Is Everything

When you’re dealing with a portable generator that you’ll use at a tailgating event, there is a lot more wiggle room than when investing in a big whole-house generator. You need to know that your whole-house generator is going to provide enough power with which to keep your home up and running, of course. However, you are also going to want to avoid paying for an output capacity that, frankly, you just won’t need. Many manufacturers, such as Generac or KOHLER, have sizing calculators that you can work with on their sites. When in doubt, allow the pros on our staff to help you to determine the necessary kilowatt (kW) output of your generator.

Fuel Type

Whole-house generators may be powered by a number of different fuels. You may choose to use diesel, LP (liquid petroleum gas/propane), or natural gas, for example. All have their pros and cons. Diesel and propane must be stored on site, for instance, while natural gas is piped directly to the system. Not all homes have access to natural gas, of course. Diesel may also be more affordable than propane. Let us know if you need help in choosing a fuel.

Automatic Transfer

You may choose to invest in a generator that you have to start up in the case of a power outage. If you want to prevent food spoilage and other issues in the event that you are out of town when the power goes out, you may want to choose a system equipped with an automatic transfer switch. When you work with us, you will understand all of your options, and you will be able to make an informed decision.

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