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Can I take my generator if I move?

Home backup generators are meant to be permanent fixtures to your home much like an HVAC system. It is wired directly into your home and therefore cannot be removed with ease.

How much space do I need?

You will need ample space outside your home for installation and ventilation of your generator. The generator must be placed: a minimum of 18” from your home, 5 feet from any building penetration, and if applicable, 10 feet from your propane tanks.

What kind of electrical system should I have?

The electrical system in your home needs to be up to date and to code for successful installation of a generator. We can advise you on what you need and can incorporate any necessary changes into the generator work, saving you time and money.

Do I need to own a home?

Home ownership is key when owning a generator. You need the space and accessibility to successfully install a new generator.

What is an automatic standby generator?

An automatic standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.

What is Generac?

Since 1959, Generac has been producing backup generators for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. We have quietly grown into the world’s largest provider of residential stand by generators and currently sell five times more generators than all of our competitors combined. For over 50 years we have concentrated our efforts in bringing the most affordable and highest quality generators to home owners and business owners alike. Generac offers the broadest line of stand-by generators in the market; they are widely available and supported nationwide by the industry’s largest professional network of over four thousand factory trained service and installation dealers, and are also available at major retailers and wholesalers. All Generac generators are made in America, at Generac’s 4 factories located in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Do you have generators for off- grid applications?

Yes, we do. Generac has designed units specifically for the rigors of off grid use. We currently have the 6 kW and 15 kW EcoGen generators that can be integrated into your system and pick up when there is insufficient sun or battery power to keep you powered.

What is a KW?

The kilowatt is equal to one thousand watts. Imagine 10 100 watt light bulbs burning brightly, this is 1000 watts or one kilowatt.

One kilowatt of power is approximately equal to 1.34 horsepower. A small electric heater with one heating element can use 1.0 kilowatt. The average annual electrical energy consumption of a household in the United States is about 8,900 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to a steady power consumption of about 1 kW, for an entire year. Different appliances consume different amounts of power and not all at a constant rate. All these factors must be taken into account when selecting a generator. For example, if you wish to power your air conditioning you must consider the power necessary to start the air conditioner which can be 5 to 8 times higher than what it will consume once started. With simple measurements and calculations we can easily determine which generator will best suit your needs.

Do they make a lot of noise?

Generators are driven by small engines and make a certain amount of noise. They are protected by steel or aluminum enclosures that are sound insulated to reduce noise. You can compare the noise a generator makes to a vacuum cleaner at 20 feet.