What To Look For In A Permanent Standby Generator

Before deciding what type of backup generator is right for you, consider this crucial check-list

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012  |  Updated 11:09 AM EDT
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What To Look For In A Permanent Standby Generator

Kohler standby generators will keep your home running during a power outage.

This article is sponsored by Kohler Generators. In the event of a power outage, Kohler Generators bring a sense of safety, security and convenience to a home. Learn more about Kohler Generators at KohlerSmartPower.com.

Owning a permanent standby generator might seem like an extravagance, but before you label it an unnecessary luxury, consider this: Stormy weather can down power lines and blow transformers no matter the season, leaving homes without power in the sweltering heat of summer or the sub zero freeze of winter.

Connecticut residents are no strangers to extreme weather, no matter the season. So, rather than risk frozen pipes or going without A/C for a prolonged period, invest in a standby generator. By automatically kicking in as soon as your main power source goes out, standby generators can save you both aggravation and money while keeping your home and loved ones safe.

But before visiting your local Kohler dealer, let's consider a few crucial factors that will help you understand why a standby generator is a necessity in any household, as well as help you select the appropriate generator for your needs.

Plan For The Worst
Instead of sweating through a heatwave or dealing with the damaging aftermath of burst pipes in the dead of winter, invest in a standby generator before disaster strikes and you won't be left scrambling.

Budget Appropriately
Despite being one of the most helpful home appliances you'll ever purchase, a standby generator is a relatively affordable investment. Not to mention an important one: Standby generators are permanent installations that will protect your loved ones in the event of a power outage. Equipment and installation costs will vary depending on the amount of backup power you need as well as your home situation, but a generator, transfer switch, and the entire installation process performed by a Kohler licensed and certified dealer typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000 total.

Generator Size
A standby generator's size depends completely on your power needs. Will you be running critical appliances like a sump pump, refrigerator, basic lighting and a garage door only? Or would you like your home to operate as if there was no power outage at all? Kohler offers a variety of online tools, including a sizing calculator, to help you determine what size generator best meets your household’s power needs.

Installation Process
A certified Kohler dealer will handle your installation process from start to finish. First, your dealer will go through a site survey and you’ll discuss scenarios for generator placement on your property that are in accordance with your local codes and ordinances. Ideally, you’ll select a spot that’s close to your home’s incoming gas and electric supply. Then, your dealer will level the surface where your generator will be placed. Often, permanent standby generators will already have a built-in pad so only pea gravel needs to be laid prior to installation (applies to 20 kilowatt generators and smaller). Finally, your dealer will install the automatic transfer switch and will connect it to your generator.

Click here to locate your local Kohler Generators dealer, which is a great resource to help you find a standby generator that suits your needs, respond to any questions that you might have, and provide you with a quote and further information customized to your situation. And to learn more about standby generators, visit KohlerSmartPower.com.
 

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