Standby Generator Buying Guide – What You Need to Know

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Having a standby generator is an excellent investment for Evansville, Indiana homeowners. It provides power during outages, safeguarding comfort and security. Brackett Heating, Air & Plumbing offers the following key considerations when purchasing a standby generator.

What to Consider Before Buying a Standby Generator:

1. Size and Power Output: Generators vary in size and power, measured in kilowatts (kW). A trained Brackett team member will assess your power needs based on what appliances you want to keep running during an outage. A small generator might suffice for essential appliances, but larger homes or those needing to power multiple high-draw systems might require a larger generator. Brackett offers a full line of reliable Generac Generators to seamlessly supply your power needs.

2. Fuel Source: Standby generators commonly use propane or natural gas. The available resources for your home and cost is an important consideration when choosing the best generator to meet your needs.

3. Transfer Switch: This switch shifts your power source from the grid to the generator during an outage. Choose between manual and automatic switches; the latter automatically turns on the generator when power is lost.

4. Location: Your professionally trained Brackett Comfort Specialist will help discern the best location for your standby generator to prevent exhaust from entering the home and to ensure the chosen spot complies with local noise and emissions restrictions.

5. Installation and Maintenance: Professional installation is necessary for the proper setup and safety. Regular maintenance, including oil changes and inspections, are crucial for longevity.

6. Noise Level: Generators produce noise when operating. Check the generator’s decibel rating, as residential areas may have noise restrictions. Generac generators operate at reasonable decibel levels, providing the power source you need without sacrificing peace and quiet. 

7. Cost: Costs will vary depending on the size generator you choose. Budget carefully, remembering that a more expensive generator might be more cost-effective in the long run due to increased energy efficiency and durability.

8. Environmental Impact: Choose a generator with features that reduce emissions. Also, consider fuel efficiency for both environmental and cost reasons.

These are the major considerations to help you choose the best standby generator for your home. Call Brackett Heating, Air & Plumbing to schedule your home assessment today for a Generac generator that will keep your home comfort systems running smoothly during unexpected power outages.