Storms can occur in Tarrant County at any time. Buying a standby generator is one way to prepare for the next weather-related emergency. Consider the following advice before you buy a standby generator to keep the electricity flowing into your home during and after the next ice, snow or wind storm.
Determine the size you need:
- The first step in determining what size you need is to determine how large your air conditioner is. The size should be printed on a metal plate affixed to the unit. Size will be given in BTUs, Tons or Amps. A 4-Ton air conditioner, for example, would require at least a 17-kilowatt generator. A whole home genrator will run the furnace in winter and air conditioner in summer along with your tv, electric stove and lights.
- Get an estimate from various professional installers to evaluate your specific needs to determine the size you should buy. Some recommendations call for going a few kilowatts larger than actually needed so as not to put a strain on the standby generator.
Other expenses you may incur:
- Check with your gas company to determine if you have a high pressure gas distribution system, as you will need to find a source for fueling your generator. A higher-volume gas meter can be added by the gas company at your expense. Or, depending on if your zoning permits it, you can sign an annual lease for a 100-gallon propane tank.
- Permits will need to be pulled, and these come with a purchase fee. Installation of standby generators requires zoning permits, electrical permits, and perhaps others mandated by local municipalities.
Hire professionals to do the installation.
- An electrician will be needed to add an electric sub-panel and automatic transfer switch which activates the standby generator when the power goes out.
- Hire a generator installation contractor who is licensed and insured.
AirRite can give you more expert advice in keeping your home running during stormy weather and other issues pertaining to home comfort. We have been servicing the Fort Worth/Arlington area for more than 50 years!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about standby generators and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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