Wondering if you need a whole-house generator?

When the power to your home fails a whole house generator will kick in automatically providing you with continuous power to essential appliances. Many people can live without lights in the bedroom, but have you considered that no electricity in your home means:

  • Food spoils in the refrigerator.
  • Basements can flood because sump pumps stop working.
  • Water may stop flowing if you are on a well pump; worse still, sewage may back-up into the house if you have a septic pump.
  • The heat shuts off even if you use natural gas, propane, or oil. No electricity means those devices won’t work either.
  • Security – you are sitting, possibly alone, in a dark home. Security systems will start to fail after just a few hours.
  • Telephones fail. If you have Verizon FiOS or Comcast Cable for telephone service, these too will fail after just a few hours without power.
  • Excessive heat. Who likes living in a home with no air conditioning, no fans, and no cool drinks while waiting for the power to be restored?
  • Medical needs. Do you care for someone who may need electricity for health reasons or is weakened and can not handle extremes of temperature?

If you experience occasional power outages, you are a good candidate for a home generator.

How does it work?

The generator is comprised of two basic parts – the transfer switch and the generator itself. The transfer switch monitors the electricity coming in from the utility (PECO in our area). When it detects the power has stopped, it sends a signal to the generator, which starts running. The house then receives the electricity being generated at your home. When the power is restored by the utility, the transfer switch transfers the home’s electrical needs to the utility and turns the generator off.

All of this is done without involvement of the homeowner. This gives you day and night peace of mind and protection, even if you are away at the shore or on a business trip. Your home and your family are protected 24/7.

Do I need to add fuel to the generator?

No! Adding gasoline to a running generator is both a hassle and potentially dangerous. Our generators run on the home’s heat source, typically natural gas or propane.

What size do I need?

The answer is, “That depends.” Smaller electrical loads need smaller generators and bigger loads require bigger generators. We will help you decide what electrical loads are important to you and then engineer the proper size generator to meet your needs.

How big is the generator?

Generators are actually quite small. Air cooled units (up to 20 kW) take a 3’ x 5’ mounting area and are nominally 2’ wide, 4’ long and about 2.5’ tall. Liquid cooled units are a about a foot longer in each direction.

How loud are they?

It depends on the unit, but in general they are no louder than an air-conditioner compressor.

Fully installed is the key words here – our service includes all the little “extras” the others forget to tell you about… the battery, commissioning, fuel hook-up, etc. Some other contractors “forget” to let you know about these tasks and bill them on as extras at the end of the job.

Do I need a permit?

Absolutely. Permitting allows you the homeowner to have this work done. It is often your only proof that the contractor is properly licensed by the state and municipality, and requires a third party inspection to insure the work was done to National Electrical Code standards. Be very wary of anyone who tries to talk you out of getting a permit by saying their work is good enough or you can just get one yourself. We have installed hundreds of generators and have never once been turned down for a permit.

What does it cost?

Simple installations with the smallest size generators with just a few low draw circuits start at around $6,000 fully installed. Half a house of a modest sized home is nine to twelve thousand dollars fully installed. Full home installs run twenty to fifty thousand dollars fully installed.

Fully installed is the key words here – our service includes all the little “extras” the others forget to tell you about… the battery, commissioning, fuel hook-up, etc. Some other contractors “forget” to let you know about these tasks and bill them on as extras at the end of the job.

Are there different brands of generators?

Yes. Just like cars, different manufacturer’s products offer different features and benefits. We are authorized dealers for Generac and Cutler Hammer products.

Are you an authorized dealer?

Yes. We have been trained and certified by both manufacturers’ to properly install, maintain, and service their equipment. We have access to the factory if there are technical questions, need support, and provide parts when needed. We are also authorized to perform warranty work.

What next?

Call us for a free proposal on installing a new generator at your home or business. We will meet with you, learn your needs, and design a system that best meets your objectives.

Generator Maintenance

Already have a generator installed? We also perform maintenance work on Generac Guardian, Cutler Hammer, and Briggs and Stratton generators. We work on all sizes from 7 kW to 60 kW. Our generator maintenance plan includes two yearly checks, one major and one minor.

Generator Repair

Not sure what that yellow light means? Is your generator not exercising properly? Give us a call and set up an appointment for one of our technicians to come out and take a look.

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