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Things to Consider When Installing a Generator

Generators provide safety and peace of mind for homeowners interested in self-sufficiency. When the power goes down, you need to be able to keep your lights and appliances on. Food in the fridge needs to stay cold, and contact with the outside world via TV and radio becomes a big priority. Here in Santa Rosa, electrician services are often called upon to install generators in anticipation of an earthquake or similar large-scale disaster. We have the expertise to install the perfect generator for you, but before that happens, you need to decide what’s going to work best. Here are some things to consider when installing a generator.

First and foremost, you need to take an inventory of your power needs. Everything you plan to operate depends on the generator in a crisis, and its power load needs to be able to accommodate those demands. Ideally, your generator should power everything in your house, but if you’d like a smaller generator, you can prioritize certain things (such as a refrigerator and a heater), and conscientiously leave other appliances off for the duration of the crisis.

Then there’s the question of location. A generator usually requires venting pipes (or at least an open-air spot) in order to get rid of toxic gasses it creates. It also needs to be accessible to your home’s power grid, and you need to be able to get to it when an emergency strikes. Because generators require fuel, you want to have ample storage space nearby so that you can refuel easily in the midst of a crisis. From there, it’s a question of finding a model with a reputation for reliability and contacting the right electrical service to install it without problems.

In that sense, at least, your problem is already solved. The local Santa Rosa electrician at Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area serve the whole of Santa Rosa, electrician services are our specialty, and we can install the right generator for your home. Don’t let the next big earthquake catch you unawares. You know what to consider when installing a generator, and with a little help from us, you can make sure you’re ready for anything.