Best Backup Generator for Your Home
Pick The Best Backup Generator For Your Home
Choosing the perfect backup generator for your home should be a top priority for any homeowner to help protect your family and personal belongings in times of emergency, especially in Florida where hurricanes are a real threat every year.
When disaster strikes and the power goes out in Florida, especially in the summer months, not having air conditioning on hot and humid days is not an option for many Floridians since it can make for incredible discomfort and flared agitation.
So, how do you select the best standby generator for your home?
The size of your home and its electrical draw requirements will ultimately determine the type and kW rating you’ll need to back up your power. The size of the generator you’ll need will also be dictated by your specific needs in either a partial home (a couple/few appliances) or a whole home standby generator.
For an average-sized home of under 1,500 square feet with an electrical draw stemming from an electric convection oven and small central HVAC system, you’ll probably only need a 7.5 kW generator. A 7.5 kW unit should be able to power all of the major appliances and potentially your whole home.
For medium-sized homes up to 2,500 square feet, you’ll be looking at 16 kW-22 kW+ units to power your whole home. Again, it will depend on the types of appliances (gas vs. electric) and the total electrical draw your home requires. However, if you’re only looking to power major appliances and not the whole home, you may be a good candidate for a 7.5 kW-9 kW unit to address your needs.
Larger homes of up to 4,000+ square feet will probably be candidates for a commercial-grade generator such as their QuiteSource Series. Just like smaller homes, the size of and type of generator will depend on the total electrical draw requirement of your home and will probably range anywhere from 22 kW-36 kW+ in size.
When sourcing a generator dealer and/or installer to assist with your generator installation project for your home, be sure they:
- Take the time to evaluate and understand the kW rating needs for your home
- Provide a free quote for sales and installation of your standby generator
- Acquire all of the appropriate permits from local governments, HOA’s, etc.
- Install your generator with low impact to your property such as ruts in your lawn
- Provide generators backed up by a multi-year warranty
Once your generator is installed, it will be important to conduct ongoing maintenance of your new generator and by doing so, it can last for 10-15+ years!
If you’re in Central Florida and are looking for an automatic standby generator, look no further than the pros at GenerX Generators – Florida’s #1 Generac Generator dealer. We currently serve Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, and everything in between. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote at 813-814-5900.
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