Q: Even though hurricane season is over here in New England, with winter storms I can lose power anytime. I have a home business and want backup power. Can you give me the basics on how to get a generator installed? — Bob, Massachusetts
A: Whether it’s a storm or other unexpected causes, we can find ourselves helpless without electricity. For backup power in my home I have a standby generator.
A residential standby generator is permanently installed to a home’s electrical system, runs on natural or propane gas and starts up automatically when needed. Here are my recommended five basic steps to having a standby generator installed.
• Locate a licensed and insured standby generator dealer/installer in your area to pull permits and work with local inspectors.
• After an on-site home visit and agreed price, your installer starts by setting the generator on a pad at an approved location.
• The automatic transfer switch panel is installed with electrical connections.
• Propane or natural gas lines are connected to the generator.
• Your professional installer tests the system and you control the power now, thanks to your new standby generator.