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If you live in an area that is subject to frequent, lengthy power outages or that is vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, you may have been thinking of installing a home generator. Generators supply an alternate source of operating power to your home when the electricity goes out and run on natural gas or liquid propane. They can be a godsend when it comes to keeping your home warm or cool and your refrigerator and other vital appliances functioning. What you should know is that installing a home generator isn’t a DIY project you can handle after watching a few YouTube videos. Hooking up a home generator is a complex operator that requires specialized knowledge in electricity, natural gas/propane, safety and installation requirements, and if any permits are needed.

Here are some pros and cons of installing a home generator:

Home Generator Pros

You have a reliable backup power source if you lose your electricity, especially for extended periods.

Generators are relatively easy to use, they will automatically switch on and off when the power goes out and is restored.

A backup generator will likely add value to your home.

Home Generator Cons

Generators can be expensive and the larger and more powerful the generator is, the costlier it will be.

If you end up using the generator infrequently, it won’t feel like a good investment.

Generators can be noisy. Some jurisdictions have noise restrictions on outdoor equipment, so you will need to check that out in advance.

If your generator operates on propane, you’ll need to store the fuel on your property at a safe distance from your house and any outbuildings.

Generators need regular maintenance.

If you have decided to go ahead with the purchase and the installation, the first step is to figure out where to place the generator. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, you’ll need to locate it a safe distance from your and your neighbors’ houses, yet preferably close to electrical and natural gas lines. In addition, the generator must be placed on a supportive level surface, such as a concrete pad. You’ll also need to secure permitting and make sure your installation meets local building code requirements.

The licensed electricians at SAFE Electric can help you choose the best whole-home generator that will meet your needs, yet not waste energy. We’ll also handle all the permitting and make sure the project meets building coding specs. Contact us online or at 614-267-4111. We’ll get you hooked up and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family will be safe and comfortable should you experience a major power outage.