Written by Walt Meyer

Use Winter to Plan Your Spring Generator Installation – Part 1

Maryland has to deal with weather systems sweeping in from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Winter delivers freezing cold and snow, but the warmer months are also capable of generating severe weather conditions.

Our state gets hit by tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and the bad weather starts around May. Spring and summer often deliver big thunderstorms, heavy rains, strong winds, and flooding, which may all cut electricity from the local utility.

Although winter will last a couple more months, it will be wise to start planning your standby generator installation now for the spring. Having a permanent standby generator installed involves a lot more than plugging in a portable generator. The following will discuss the steps needed to install your permanent standby generator.

1) Interviews of Electricians

The important initial step is interviewing licensed electricians and getting quotes for cost comparisons. We recommend hiring a professional who is licensed and has extensive experience in installing standby generators.

Please note that spending a bit more is usually worth it if the licensed electrician has an outstanding track record of installations as documented by references and online reviews.

2) Securing Required Permits

Permits are typically required to install a permanent standby generator. Your local municipality will be able to provide guidance on the permits needed for your installation. However, the licensed electrician you hire will be able to obtain the permits needed for the project. Set aside several days for the paperwork to be completed.

3) Choosing Installation Location

The installation location must comply with local electrical code and manufacturer recommendations. A permanent standby generator must be located where it will not pose a threat to residents as it emits carbon monoxide. Typically, a unit must be installed at least two feet from the home, including a minimum of three feet of clearance in front of it and along the sides.

Make sure to work with your licensed electrician on selecting the location of your standby generator to ensure compliance. Moreover, installing your unit near the gas meter will raise its fuel efficiency and reduce costs.

Part 2 will cover Surface Preparation, Delivery of Generator, and Installation Process.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Generac and KOHLER Sales & Service Dealer serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We provide custom standby generator installations and are trained and licensed to perform the regularly required important factory service and maintenance. Receive a free consultation today by calling (301) 941-1400.