As we gear up for another storm season, you are probably thinking about how you can save your family the inconvenience of losing power. It is not uncommon for severe weather to knock out the power in some areas for several hours, or even several days or weeks, depending on where you live. If you are tired of relying on the main power grid to keep your house warm or cool and your food fresh, you may have thought about buying a generator. Before you buy a generator, consider what it will take to get it installed. Can you do it yourself or do you need an electrician?
Portable Generators vs Home Generator
A portable generator is the kind you would pull out of your shed and wheel it next to your house during a power outage. A series of outlets allows you to plug in a few of your major appliances. You will need to use extension cords running from the appliance, outside to the generator. Before you do this, it is important you understand how much power your generator will produce before you start trying to plug in your refrigerator, freezer and television. You may not have enough juice.
A whole house or home generator is professionally installed by an electrician and, quite frankly, is a much easier and more convenient option. A simple flip of a switch can power your entire home or a few select areas. In some cases, the generator will automatically kick on via a transfer switch when power is lost. This is definitely an area of the installation process you would want to refer to an electrician if you are unfamiliar with electrical wiring.
DIY or Hire a Professional to Prepare for Power Outages?
This will really depend on the type of generator you choose. A portable generator does not require a professional install. You may choose to use a generator interlock kit to save yourself the hassle of running several extension cords. If this is something you are considering, it is highly recommended you have a professional handle this job. If it is not done properly, you risk seriously injuring the person from the power company who is working on the lines, trying to restore power.
A hard-wired home generator installation is a job that should definitely be left to the professionals. Again, you are dealing with some very serious safety concerns on your end and for the people who work on the power lines. Manufacturers do sell kits that contain the parts you need to do it yourself, but it is inadvisable if you are not well-versed in the electrical field.
A backup generator can keep your life running as smoothly as possible during a major power outage. It helps provide a sense of normalcy and security, which is extremely important to families with young ones. There is no need to sit in the dark and have your food spoil when a storm knocks out your power. If you are interested in learning more about generator options, give Complete Electrical Solutions a call at 417-831-8039. We would love to talk with you about what it takes to install a generator.