What You Should Know Before Installing a Residential Generator

Posted On: January 18, 2017

If your home needs an energy boost, then a residential generator will solve that problem for you. If all your appliances rely on your generator, a new installation will allow you to continuously use your products worry free, such as your computer, television, and refrigerator. No one wants to deal with power outages, especially if you live in an area that experiences lightning storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Installing a residential generator is important, but it also takes the time to learn about. It’s suggested that you consider your options and ask the right questions so that you can find the perfect generator for your home. You don’t want to end up spending money on a residential generator that doesn’t fit because in the end, you’re wasting your time and money. Fortunately, here at Reliable Power, we can teach you about residential generators so you know what to look for when it’s time for a new residential generator!

Why Trust Reliable Power?

Here at Reliable Power Systems, we love to answer any questions that our customers might have for us. Helping our customers learn more about the products they use on a daily basis is important to us because we want everyone’s home to be in great condition. Our team of licensed electricians handle every situation with caution and care, and when it comes to service we deliver the very best. Not only will we teach you about generators or how to utilize your energy the right way, but we also help you understand how to maintain that energy for many years to come.

Types of Residential Generators

The are two types of residential generators-portable and standby generators. Portable generators move from one location to another and turn on manually. On the other end, standby generators are installed permanently outside of your home and automatically turn on once the power is shut off. Standby generators need to be connected to a gas line while portable generators need to be fueled with gas every few hours. So, based on your home’s electrical demands, decide between these two models to make a wise decision.


If we’re talking about money, the average generator can cost you upwards of about $10,000 to purchase and install. Focus on the type of generator that fits within your budget. The highest-priced generator is not necessarily the one that guarantees the best performance for your home, but if you looking for one that’s cost efficient, try finding a Generac brand generator, which has a starting price of about $1,899.


First, finding space for a residential generator is dependent on how safe the location of it is. Do not place your residential generator in a garage, basement, or under a porch deck. It is recommended that you place standby generators at least 10-feet away from any fuel source such as a fuel tank and 3-feet away from windows or combusted materials.


When we’re talking about sizes, residential generators are measured by kilowatts rather than the actual physical size of the product. Standby generators are usually about 8 to 25 kilowatts. However, call a professional electrician to consult with you on what kilowatt is right for your home. If you have a large home with a lot of appliances, then a 25-kilowatt range generator might do the job for you.

Fueling Options

If you’re looking to purchase a standby generator, then you’re going to want to use natural gas as your fueling option. Natural gas is convenient to use as well especially for homeowners who already have a gas line in their home. However, if you decide to go with a portable generator, then you’re going to want to use propane. Portable generators typically need 4 to 9 20lb propane tanks for fueling.

Finding the Right Service

So now that you’ve become an expert on generators, it’s time to see which service is right for you…Well with us of course! Just kidding, but really, check a service company’s main site to see if they offer the type of generator installation you need. Ask family or friends who have a generator and see if they have any referrals on any generator service. Do some research online and read customer reviews, and based on how positive or negative the reviews are, determine which companies are reliable or unreliable.

Reliable Power is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have about residential generators – so call us today!