You never know when a power outage will strike, and blackouts can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days. That’s why it’s so important to have a standby generator to lean on. With so many options available, how do you even begin sifting through various standby generators?
Here are the considerations you need to make when shopping for standby generators:
- Budget - The prices for standby generators vary greatly, so deciding how much you’re willing to spend is one of the first considerations you must make.
- Standby or portable - Standby generators are permanent installations that provide convenience and often a greater power supply. Portable generators must be turned on manually when you need them, but you can plan to take them with you camping and to other locations. If you opt for a portable generator, you also need a transfer switch to safely power the circuits in your home. Your budget, convenience needs and power requirements will help you make your decision.
- Wattage needs - Decide how large of a generator you need. The larger your home is and the more appliances you want to function during a power outage, the larger your wattage needs.
- Home power issues - Look into your gas line and electrical service panel to target any potential problems before buying a standby generator.
- Comparison shop - Look for differences in power output, run times, warranties, installation, support and of course price. Also look into whether different standby generators come with various accessories such as oil, wheels, a power cord and funnel.
- Additional costs - Do you need professional installation? How much will that add to the cost? What about protective covers or the cost of a transfer switch? Take all these additional costs into account. Once installed the system will need regular preventive maintenance to ensure it will be ready to come on line when it is needed.
- Financing options - Investing in a standby generator may require a high upfront cost, so look into no-interest financing options to make your purchase more affordable.
A stand by generator project is a complex project requiring several disciplines and planning. Find an expert with the capability and experience that can integrate all the needs for the project and can maintain the installation after it is completed.
For help choosing and installing a standby generator on your property, please contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've proudly served the greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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