Backup generator can be a valuable asset for your home
Q: A: Investing in a permanently installed standby home generator can really pay off. Not only for the backup power protection, but a professionally installed standby generator system can also be a valuable home asset. Because standby generators run on natural gas or propane and are hardwired into a home’s electrical system, they’re always ready to go at a moment’s notice. A special transfer switch controls most standby generator systems and automatically turns the generator on when electrical power is lost. This all sounds good, but keep a few things in mind if you’re thinking about installing one.
First, this is not a do-it-yourself project. You need to work with a licensed standby generator dealer/installer with needed permits taken out. Local dealers may be found on standby generator manufacturer websites. Second, plan to install in spring or summer, because the installation process may take extra time to complete. Finally, a standby generator can be a high-end system, so make sure you generate a little extra cash and budget
the money before you start the job. Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@ cs.com. Always consult local contractors