Briggs & Stratton is helping to make purchasing the right standby generator system easier for a homeowner’s specific backup power needs with a list of questions to ask their local professional installer.
“We know purchasing a standby generator can be a very involved process, and homeowners are likely to have many questions about the purchase and installation of that unit,” said vice president and general manager at Briggs & Stratton Standby Power Jeff Custer. “The good news is a homeowner’s local professional dealer has the answers and will manage the installation project from start to finish for the homeowner.”
After locating the closest dealer in the area at www.powernow.com, Custer recommends asking the dealer the following questions to ensure the homeowner receives the best standby generator system for the home:
What size generator is right for my home?
Power management systems, like Symphony® II, are helping homeowners power all of their home’s lights and appliances with a smaller — and more affordable — generator system. But, the best generator size for a home depends on what the homeowner is hoping to power when the utility power is knocked offline. Generator sizing calculators like the one at www.powernow.com can help give homeowners an idea of the best size for their home before meeting with the installer.
Where should the standby generator be installed?
A homeowner’s dealer will help determine where on the property the generator’s placement will be, and whether any custom installation work will need to be done. That could include burying wires underground or adding a concrete pad on which the standby generator will be installed.
Fortunately for homeowners, smaller, smarter standby generators are giving them more placement options around the property. For example, the Briggs & Stratton® 12-kW1 Standby Generator System has the smallest footprint in its class, which makes backup power an option even for homes with tight lot lines.
Also, generators that are tested against the National Fire Protection Agency 37 standard can be installed as close as 18 inches from the home for even more placement options.
1 This generator is rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2200 (stationary engine generators assemblies)
What installation and permit requirements does the home need prior to installation?
To start the home generator installation process, your local dealer will conduct an on-site visit to determine your home’s specific installation needs and what local permits are needed before starting.
What kind of fuel do standby generators run on?
The dealer will also discuss which fuel option — natural gas or liquid propane — is available and will work best for your home’s generator system. In almost all instances, the generator will use the fuel option that is already being used in the home.
What financing options are available for the Standby Generator System?
Financing deals like zero monthly interest or low APR and fixed monthly payments are available through the dealer from the manufacturer. This gives homeowners immediate access to backup power without needing to save to make a larger one-time payment. The installer will know the latest financing options available for the unit being purchased.