Electric generators that run on propane or natural gas are very popular options for new homes. In some situations diesel or gasoline powered units are also installed. A generator is placed on a concrete pad beside the home and it is wired into the home’s circuit using a “transfer switch€. A transfer switch can be automatic or manual.
An automatic transfer switch senses the loss of power and flips to generator power, automatically starting the generator and feeding electricity to the home. Most installations partially energize a home, that is, only selected circuits have electricity. In doing this a homeowner can purchase a smaller, less expensive electric generator.
The use of a “Load Bank” would help to determine the size generator needed for a specific installation. The load bank measures constant and peak start up electric demand for appliances to be powered. Adding these individual loads together will determine the total demand placed on an electric generator.
A minimum installation would cost between $2,500 and $5,000. To completely energize a 2,000 square foot home, a generator costing over $10,000 would be required. In addition to the cost of the generator, installation, permits and inspection fees should considered. Your Suncoasteam owns a load bank and would be happy to assist you in determining the proper generator for your needs.
If you have questions about electric generators you can contact Jim Mulligan at your Suncoasteam. His telephone number is 941-456-3034 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org