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What Size Generator Do I Need?

When your power goes out, it’s not just simple things like lights and the TV that stop working. Your heating and cooling system, your fridge, your Wi-Fi, and some medical devices can all stop working. Let us help prepare your home for the unexpected with a standby home generator!

Standby Generators vs. Portable Generators

Standby home generators aren’t your standard generators. Often, when someone says the word, “generator,” people think of the kind you get at the hardware store that you’ve gotta fill with gas and crank up. Standby home generators are not the same thing! These are personal power plants. These can power up your whole home. Not only that, but you can’t just install these yourself.

Whole home generators take multiple trades to install. We need our electricians to handle the wiring to make sure everything is safely configured. We don’t want any fireworks! We need our plumbers and HVAC installers because they both have experience designing and installing gas systems in homes. We rely on our electrical service technicians to troubleshoot any repair issues you ever need. They’re also the ones that’ll handle your required annual maintenance on your generator.

We’ve got all of these trades under one roof at Morris-Jenkins, so we’re you’re one-stop shop for anything related to standby home generators!

What Size Generator Do I Need to Run My House?

If you’re wanting to run any of the necessities during a power outage, you’ll want a bigger generator. You don’t need to worry about telling us what size generator you need. If you’re interested in a generator to run your whole house, just let us know! One of our experts can come out and do the calculations we need to determine which size generator your home needs.

We have software to do a load calculation. We’ll do an audit of all electronics in your house and plug them into our program. That’ll help us determine the perfect size standby generator for your home, so you never have to go without power again! Not only is all that information important, but we also need to determine if you need a generator that runs on propane or natural gas.

Even if you’re not looking to power your entire home, you don’t need to worry yourself asking, “What size whole home generator do I need?” We’ll still handle those calculations for you! When you call us out to talk about generator options, our expert will ask you some questions about the kinds of things you’d like to keep powered up in the event of a power outage. We’ll take some notes, and our software will handle the complicated calculations. That way, we can get you an accurate and precise answer on what size generator your home truly needs. Just like Goldilocks, you don’t want one that’s too small or too big. We wanna get you the standby generator that’s just right!

What Are the Generator Placement Requirements?

A lot of people assume generators should be installed in a garage or butted up against your house. If you’re hoping to install a standby generator in your garage, we’ve got bad news—that’s not safe! A lot of people assume (or hope) to put the generator in their garage, but standby generators produce a lot of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a deadly gas, and you definitely don’t want to trap that in your garage!

Learn about the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning here.

Generator placement requirements are pretty simple—we can’t install a standby generator within six feet of your windows, doors, crawl vents, electrical components, etc. Basically, we’ll install your generator about six feet away from any openings to your house. This is to keep your family safe from all the CO it produces! In some municipalities, the generator placement requirements are a bit more extreme. Depending on where you live, the standard might be six feet away from your property lines instead.

Whole Home Generators Installed by Morris-Jenkins

You never know when your power is gonna go out next. Get your home and family ready for even the nastiest storms with a standby whole home generator! With our personal power plants, you can:

  • Keep your heating and cooling system running so your family stays comfortable.
  • Power your electronic medical devices.
  • Keep the lights on in your home.
  • Prevent the food in your fridge and freezer from spoiling. Food can stay safe in your fridge and freezer for a while, but if the power is out for an extended period of time and you don’t have backup power, things can begin to spoil.
  • Keep your basement from flooding. Sump pumps remove flood water from basements, but they require electricity. Without a generator, a power outage could lead to flooding in your basement!
  • Maintain access to water. Homes that rely on well water use an electronic pump to provide water to their fixtures. If the power goes out, homes on well water lose access to water!

If you’re ready to install a standby generator for your home, give us a call, text us, or message us online! We’ll send one of our experts out to get an idea on what you want out of your generator, and then we’ll figure out exactly what size generator you need, where specifically we would put it based on generator placement requirements, and then we can get you some options! The process is easy, and you’ll have us there beside you the whole time to answer any questions.

We have plenty of appointments that’ll work with your schedule, and we can get your standby generator installed fast so your home is ready before the next power outage!

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