Backup Generators

Backup Home Generator Installation

backup generator outside of a home

When you have high-end electronics and complex electrical systems installed in your home, protecting those investments should be of the utmost concern. Backup generators provide ongoing protection against power loss, allowing you to continue enjoying your home as you’ve designed it. When a severe storm hits, you could be left without power for hours if you don’t have a backup generator to rely on. And when your surveillance and security system depends on constant power flow, your home and family could be at risk. Don’t take that chance.

Backup Generators: Standby Versus Portable

When you’re considering home generators, you have a couple of options: standby generators and portable generators. Each will power your electronics and appliances in the event of a power outage, but depending on your needs, one may be more appropriate than the other. Which one is best for your home

Standby Generators

Standby generators are extremely reliable and robust. Because they wire into your home’s electrical system, they automatically detect a power outage when the electrical current ceases. As soon as the generator detects power loss, it begins generating electricity, delivering it directly to your home’s electrical system. Depending on the model, these machines can handle tremendous power draw—up to 48kW. At that level, a standby generator’s power supply rivals that of your utility company.

There are two types of standby generators: Standard and whole-house. Standard generators are smaller and produce fewer watts. They are useful for powering your most critical electronics and appliances such as your sump pump, HVAC system, refrigerator, lights, and perhaps a few smaller appliances. Whole-house generators are significantly larger and extremely capable machines. In the event of a power outage, with a whole-house generator, your home will continue functioning as though there was never an outage.

A standby generator is a permanent fixture outside your home, so you’ll never need to worry about finding the apparatus, locating extension cords, plugging everything in, etc. Instead, a standby generator immediately restores power—you never even have to lift a finger.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are far less capable than their standby counterparts, but they can be convenient in a pinch. These machines do not wire directly into your home’s electrical system and typically require propane, gasoline, or diesel fuel for operation. Because they’re much smaller, these machines are only capable of powering a small number of appliances simultaneously. In the event of an outage, a portable generator can typically power your most critical items, such as your refrigerator, a few lights, and perhaps a portable air conditioner or heater.

For the modern, custom home, we highly recommend standby generator installation. While portable generators may be useful in a pinch, they’re unreliable and cannot provide the wattage your home requires for operation. Contact us to learn more about your standby generator options.

Why Install a Backup Generator?

In Minnesota, we endure a wide range of weather conditions. From heavy snow and ice storms to severe thunderstorms, high winds, and even tornado conditions—we see it all. When you’ve designed your home to operate off high-end electronics, the last thing you need is a non-functional electrical system during a power outage.

Your surveillance cameras, security system, alarms, lighting, HVAC, sump pump, and numerous other necessities depend on sufficient electricity to keep you protected and comfortable. Home generator installation ensures your home keeps running, even when everyone else is without power.

Beyond the tremendous convenience of a backup generator, it’s important you consider the safety hazards of being without electricity for extended periods. You rely on your existing systems to keep your home and family safe and protected—a generator gives you peace of mind knowing those most precious to you are secure.

How Does Standby Home Generator Installation Work?

Standby generators that are wired into your home’s electrical system require the expertise of a licensed generator electrician. Because the wiring must follow current electrical code, installation is never a do-it-yourself job.

Before a generator installation can commence, you’ll need to select the machine that best fits your home’s current power consumption. We can guide you through this process after evaluating your home’s energy needs and determining the systems you’d like to power in the event of an outage.

Once selected, we’ll need to locate an appropriate site for placement, typically near your power panel or electrical meter. You’ll also require a reserve fuel tank to power the generator during operation. Typically, large standby generators require propane or natural gas; depending on the model, they can also connect directly into your home’s existing natural gas lines.

To transfer an electrical load from your home’s utility source to the generator, you’ll also require a transfer switch. The transfer switch monitors power levels and initiates the generator start sequence when utility power is insufficient. When the power fails, or output falls below a predetermined level, the switch transfers the electrical load to the generator. When the switch detects utility power has been restored, it will allow voltage to reach normal levels before transferring electrical load back to the utility source.

Enhanced Home Systems: Home Generator Installation Specialists

At Enhanced Home Systems, we know the safety of your home and family is paramount. Being without power for extended periods isn’t just inconvenient; it’s dangerous. Our licensed generator electricians will work with you to determine your unique power needs, recommend the appropriate setup, and complete the installation process. And because we’re on call 24/7, if you have an issue, we’ll get you taken care of promptly. For more information about backup generator installation or to request your quote, give us a call at 952-941-5289.