Standby generators offer several benefits from the inconveniences that come with power outages. Whether you need power to run your home appliances, medical equipment, or just simply to turn on the lights, a standby generator can be necessary in times when you require a source of energy.
Emergencies occur during extreme weather conditions when power is often cut off. This presents a problem, especially in areas that experience very high or very low temperatures. For example, if your area has a hot climate, high temperatures could increase your risk of heat exhaustion if you cannot run your air conditioner. If your location experiences harsh winter weather, you do not have to suffer the inconvenience if you could turn on your heating system.
There are many reasons why you need a backup power source. The needs of homeowners vary widely, so expect the Generac generator costs to install to vary as well. If you want to determine a reliable price range, it is important to consider important factors first.
How Much Does It Cost to Install A New Generac Standby Generator?
Below, we discuss the factors that impact the cost of a Generac whole-house generator installation.
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Whole-House Generator Size & Power Output
The electrical kilowatt capacity of a generator indicates the level of power wattage it can generate. This is why you need to consider only a Generac generator that has the right size or capacity to meet your needs.
Typically, small generators are capable of delivering from 7,000 or 7kW to 10,000 or 10kW. These units are best for your home if you only need to run a few electrical appliances if power is unavailable.
Midsized generators can deliver from 12,000 (12kW) and 20,000 (20kW) kilowatts. Midsized units are best if you intend to use heating and/or air conditioning provided you do not need to power up your home completely. It is suitable for providing power for a 2,500 sq.ft. home or smaller.
Large generators are more powerful, capable of delivering about 22,000 (22 kW) to 45,000 (45 kW) kilowatts. If you need to have your entire home supplied with power, a large Generac generator is your best bet. With this type of capacity, you can run your central air conditioner and heating system, along with lighting, appliances, and medical equipment. If your home is over 2,500 sq.ft., a whole-house generator offers the best possible advantage. However, if you prefer a partial connection, you also have a number of options to choose from.
If you want to optimize the advantages of a Generac generator, the best way to make an informed decision is to consult one of our generator experts. At Lawes Company, we can help you identify the perfect generator size for your home that will provide you with the comfort and safety you require.
Determine Your Power Needs During A Power Outage
The most common circuits that need to be considered before having a Generac generator installed are the following:
- Blower fan in a gas heater
- Home security system
- Electrical outlets and lighting (downstairs area)
- Central air conditioning (downstairs area)
- Garage door operating device
- Kitchen outlets for appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators, ovens, microwave ovens, etc.
- Laundry room appliances
How To Figure Out Your Particular Needs
Determining the number of kilowatts needed for your daily-use appliances can be very challenging. You could use your power statement as a reference but keep in mind that some appliances consume more power compared to others. To ensure that you get the proper kilowatt estimate, consult a licensed generator installation company, like Lawes Company. That way, you can obtain an accurate sizing and avoid the risk of making a costly miscalculation.
To help your generator installation company determine how much wattage you need, provide them with necessary information such as the type, number, and wattage of electrical appliances you need to be able to use during a power outage. This will ensure that the generator expert you consult will be able to make an accurate calculation. It is also important to avoid installing a standby generator on your own. Only a trained expert should do this to avoid the risk of injuries.
Cost Considerations For A Generac Generator
Once the kW usage has been determined, you can then move on to the necessities of a standby generator installation. These are:
- Choice of equipment and requirements for installation
- Preparation of the site and location of the nearest electrical meter and power panel
- Sub-panel installation that allows you the option for an automatic power transfer switch. This turns the generator on automatically once power from the grid is cut off
- An outlined plan including a disconnection list for affected electronic appliances and devices. Note: Energy surges are common during power outages. To protect your home, you need to identify which electrical appliances and devices have to be unplugged before the generator is switched on. Your installer will help you with this concern. Keep in mind that computers and televisions are often the most affected.
- Properly-sized flat space and concrete pouring area
- Installation of the fuel tank for the generator
- Code regulations for wiring and lighting during the installation process. An installation company has a policy wherein the calculation for the cost is based on a per hour or a per square footage basis.
What Will A Backup Generator Cost?
In general, expect the total cost of your new standby generator to run from about $8,000 to about $15,000 or higher from Lawes Company. This cost will, of course, depend on individual circumstances. The average installation job can cost from $12,000 to $13,000. Note that there are factors that will ultimately determine the final price. To make sure you get an accurate figure, schedule a free consultation with Lawes Company, your Generac generator supplier.
Power sources are often taken for granted until they fail. Power outages do not need to affect your comfort and lifestyle negatively. If you want to take control, remember to prevent, prepare, and take action. Lawes Company is here to help you. Get in touch with our licensed and knowledgeable experts today for your complimentary assessment.
Call Lawes Company For All Of Your Standby Generator Requirements
Lawes Company has been the leader in generator installation services in New Jersey for many years. We offer a range of services including generator installation, maintenance, repairs, and replacement. Our trained and licensed service contractors are well-versed and up-to-date with new HVAC and generator technologies. If you want to avoid the inconveniences of a power outage and ensure safety and comfort for your home and family, call Lawes Company today.