Choosing a Whole House Generator
In our last post, we talked about some of the many benefits of a whole house generator for your Maryland home. This week, we’ll talk how to choose one that’s right for you.
Factor 1: Size
The size of the whole house generator you’ll need depends on two things: the size of your home and what you want to power during an outage. Together, these make up the electric load your whole house generator needs to meet.
A good way to think about the electric load in your home is to break your usage down into two categories:
- Essentials, which might included your lights, refrigerator, sump pump, furnace fan, security system, TV/computers, and microwave
- High-wattage items, such as your A/C or heat pump, clothes dryer, water heater, and oven or stove
Generators come in a wide range of capacities, and prices vary accordingly. A small, easy-to-place 8 kilowatt (kW) unit, for example, can operate power essentials such as lights, refrigerator, TV, and other small appliances. A large 25 kW commercial-grade generator, on the other hand, can easily run an HVAC system in addition to those items.
Factor 2: Space, placement, and installation
Whole house generators can be larger than the outdoor unit of your central A/C, depending on the power output – so you’ll need space to place it.
Whole house generators also need to be near a source of electricity, and must be placed according to local flood, noise and electrical codes – which is why it has to be installed by a professional.
Factor 3: Cost
Stand-by propane generators range in price between $5,000 to $15,000 or more installed, depending on the size and capacity of the unit. The more you want to power, the higher the price.
Avoid the rush for a whole house generator during bad weather – contact CHS today and stay calm in any storm!