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How does a home generator work?

A standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates automatically. Within seconds of a utility outage, an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss, commands the generator to start, and then transfers the electrical load to the generator. The standby generator begins supplying power to the circuits. After utility power returns, the automatic transfer switch transfers the electrical load back to the utility and signals the standby generator to shut off. It then returns to standby mode where it awaits the next outage.

Power outages can cause long-term damage to your equipment. Not having a proper backup power supply or not implementing protection from surges can cause your equipment to become damaged when the power comes back online. Also, the cost to repair equipment is an unanticipated expense that could set you back. Although generators were not invented with the homeowner in mind, these machines have become the ultimate solution in providing emergency power during a disruption of service by your energy supplier. 

Can a full house generator increase the value of my home?

A survey based on the consumers says that introducing a whole home generator will raise the worth of your existing property by a maximum of five percent if the installation process is accurate. Installing a generator “legally” can increase the resale value of your home. Consumer Reports states that in some cases, your home value can increase by 3 to 5%.  A 2014 report by Remodeling Magazine indicated that installing a standby generator can provide up to a 150% return on your investment. Meaning, if you spent $12,000 on installing a generator, your home value may increase up to $18,000. To some, the benefits of having a standby home generator outweigh the investment. The intangible value of a generator is clearly apparent when your home is the only one on the block with lights, a working refrigerator, and a heating or air conditioning system.

 One very important part to consider is that you cannot install a whole house generator by yourself. The installation process must be done by verified professionals and workers and needs to be placed lastingly in your lawn on a rigid cement base. Whole house generators run by liquid propane diesel or natural gas and are to be combined with the electrical equipment of your house.

A generator installation requires a licensed electrician and plumber, as well as an architect to obtain permits with the Department of Buildings. The particulars of installing a home generator are complex and require an approved site plan to complete the legal process. A non-permitted generator can lead to DOB violations that carry hefty penalties, including the requirement to remove the generator from your premises.  In addition, any damages caused by an illegally installed generator can lead to coverage issues with your home insurance provider.

So, do you really need a home generator?  Consider this; a generator is an investment in your home, your family’s safety, and your comfort.  Is that something you can live without? If you answered no, then a Generac whole house generator is for you.  Make a smart investment today!


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