Generators are a life saver when the power goes out. If you think you might want to run your house (or a portion of it) on a generator, take some time to do some planning first.

Figure Out Your Load for Your Generator & Install a Transfer Switch
It’s best to work with a professional to determine what you want your generator to run and then figure out the wattage you will need. It is also best to install a transfer switch. You can’t just plug a generator into a wall outlet (backfeeding) because it is extremely dangerous. Your house needs to be disconnected from the grid before starting a generator. Otherwise, the electricity produced could travel beyond your house, entering the grid and potentially killing utility personnel at work. Installing a transfer switch is the safest way to run a generator. The technicians at RE Sanders Inc. are very familiar with doing this type of work. Count on them to install your generator properly.

Practice Installation is Needed
It is necessary to take some time before disaster strikes to set your generator up and and get it running. It is recommended that you do this a few times per year. to make sure the generator starts and it becomes a familiar process for you. Be sure to position the generator outside on a level surface in a well-ventilated area at least ten feet away from the house. Carbon monoxide emitted from fuel is deadly. Also, put the generator in a location that is easy to access for refueling and be sure to keep children and pets away from it as it will get hot.

Disasters have taught us to be prepared. With some planning, you can be comfortable knowing that if the power goes out for a day, or a week, you’ll be able to sustain the essentials. At RE Sanders Inc., we carry a wide selection of generators. Our experts will help you find the model that suits your needs and budget. Installation is quick and efficient. We make the process of choosing and purchasing a generator simple and hassle-free. Give us a call today or visit our website for additional information.