Standby generators are generators that are hard wired directly into the electrical system of your home in order to provide electricity to your home in emergency situations. They completely eliminate the need to run extension chords from the generator to your home. If you are planning on buying a Standby Generator for your home and want to install it on your own, then you'll need to educate yourself on how to do so safely. The following is a simple guide to installing standby generators.
One thing to keep in mind is that some generator manufacturers require that the generator by installed by a professional. In some cases installing the unit on your own might void any warranty that comes with the product. This is something that you will definitely want to look into before you decide to install the unit on your own.
The first step in the installation process is to mount the unit outside of your home. The generator can be installed on the mounting pad that comes with the generator or it can be installed on a poured concreted slab. Both are suitable locations for a standby generator.
Once you have the generator mounted in place, then you'll need to connect it to the proper fuel source. Standby generators can use propane or natural gas, so which one you use will depend on what is available in your home. You'll want to contact your gas company in order to have the unit connected to the fuel supply in your home.
The last step in the installation process involves wiring the unit into the electrical system of your home. This is another step that you can perform on your own or have completed by a certified electrician. You'll find that most standby generator units come with pre-wired kits that make electrical hookup very easy for those who wish to install the unit on their own. The safest bet, however, is to have the unit installed by a certified professional electrician. This way you don't have to worry about the dangers involved in working with dangerously high amounts of electricity.
Once your standby generator is installed it is a good idea to test the unit on a regular basis. How you do so will depend on the type of unit that you have purchased. An automatic unit will turn on the moment the power goes out. A manual unit requires you to start it by hand. If you've purchased an automatic unit, then you can program the unit to run on a regularly scheduled basis for testing purposes. With manual units you have to perform this task by hand.