Choosing a Whole House Generator

Power outage

Posted: August 22, 2018

As unpredictable as the weather is these days, it’s best to be prepared for anything, including power outages that can be inconvenient at best – and dangerous at worst – for your family.

One of the best ways to prepare for severe weather power outages, of course, is to install a propane back-up generator. Once considered a luxury, these property- and potentially life-saving devices are the only way to ensure your sump pump, home security systems, HVAC, and any needed medical equipment will continue to run in any weather.

The question is, how do you pick the right one for your North Carolina home? Here are some factors to consider.

Factor 1: Generator Size/Capacity

The size of the generator you will need depends on two things: the size of your home and what you want to power during an outage. A good way to think about the “electric load” in your home is to break your usage down into two categories:

Generators come in a range of sizes and prices; 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 are typically about the size of a central A/C’s outdoor unit, depending on the power output – which means you will need some space to place it.

They 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

The price of stand-by propane generators varies considerably based on the size and capacity of the unit; the more you want to power, the higher the price. The good news is our experts will help you choose the right size generator for your home and budget, with comprehensive professional installation services that include an automatic transfer switch, all permits and inspections, and connections to your propane tank.

Considering a whole house propane backup generator for your North Carolina home? There has never been a better time to buy than now!

Purchase a generator from Parker Gas by October 31, 2018 and sign up for our generator service plan and we will give you the first year of coverage for FREE. This coverage includes all needed generator maintenance for the year*—a savings of $199, not including tax.

Contact us today for a FREE in-home estimate!