Backup gen­er­a­tor can be a valu­able as­set for your home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Ed Del Grande

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 ed­del­ or write ead­elg@ Al­ways con­sult lo­cal con­trac­tors

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