Written by Walt Meyer

Planning Your Standby Generator Installation for Spring – Part 1

Spring is coming soon, and states on the East Coast will be hit by storms throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. As the climate changes, weather-related power outages will become more likely as hurricanes become more frequent and stronger.

The solution is installing a permanent standby generator at your home. When electricity from the utility is cut, the generator will automatically activate, providing power to your home within seconds. It is important to realize that installing a standby unit will take more time and effort than setting up a portable generator. The following will discuss six key steps for the installation.

1) Finding a Licensed Electrician

The first step is locating a licensed electrician who is the right fit for you and your home. Meet with several highly-rated professionals in your area. Narrow them down by selecting those who are very experienced in standby generator installation. Discuss your home’s power requirements, then get quotes for their services along with references.

2) Obtaining Local Permits

Permits may be required for installing a permanent standby generator. Contact your local municipality for further information. However, it is typical that the professional you hire for installation will obtain the permits that will be needed. Getting approvals may take several days so keep this in mind for your schedule.

3) Choosing the Location

The standby generator must be located a safe distance from your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The location must comply with all local electrical codes and follow manufacturer recommendations as set forth by Kohler below.

  • Stable area with drainage preventing flooding
  • Adequate space around the generator for technicians and maintenance
  • Compliance with homeowner’s association and community restrictions
  • 1.5 feet away from the side of the home
  • 5 feet away from windows, doors, and fresh air intakes
  • 3 feet clearance in front of the generator for servicing space
  • Installation costs decrease if nearer to electric meter and natural gas line.

Part 2 will discuss Preparing the Surface, Ensuring Proper Delivery, and Installing the Generator.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Kohler 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.