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So you’ve invested in your home generator and you want to install it to the nearest power source. 

Not so fast!

Choosing the best location for your generator is even more important than convenience or aesthetics. Improper installation can result in equipment damage and potentially life-threatening emissions. 

In today’s article, we’ll cover three simple tips for using your residential generator safely and legally. 

1 – Play by the Rules

According to Generac, best practices for generator installation include:

  • Choosing a solid, well-draining area that will not flood. If no such space is available, installing a concrete pad usually does the trick. (All of our installations include a pad unless a suitable one already exists.)
  • Ensuring sufficient room around the generator for technicians to work within.
  • Abiding by homeowners associations, community restrictions, and local codes when choosing a site.
  • Placing the generator away from decks or other enclosed structures that could limit airflow. 

Additionally, there are some required clearances to keep in mind:

  • 18 inches (1.5 feet) from the house.
  • 60 inches (5 feet) from doors, windows, and fresh air intakes.
  • 36 inches (3 feet) in front of the generator for servicing room.
  • You should also clear 36 inches around the ends and front of the generator. This includes keeping shrubs, trees, and any kind of vegetation out of this area. 
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2 – Find the Sweet Spot for Your Generator

The best location for a standby generator is between your home’s electric and gas meters. If these are on the same side of the house, you can have your generator installed between them. 

This is because generators are harder to install the further they are from these meters. In addition, if electricity travels a long distance, it can lead to voltage drops; this impacts your home’s electrical loads and can damage appliances.

If gas travels far enough, a technician must also increase its pipe size. Together, these mean lost pressure by the time they reach the generator itself.  

3 – Be Safe, Not Sorry 

Lastly—and most importantly—picking the right spot for your generator can prevent exposure to carbon monoxide. 

This tasteless, odorless gas is life-threatening even at small concentrations, and people often don’t know there’s a problem until it’s too late. That’s why it’s paramount for technicians and homeowners to check a home’s sealing and caulking for cracks near all openings. 

We Want to Hear from You

So are you ready for a new home generator? We’ll ensure your unit is installed legally and safely so you can have peace of mind during emergencies. 

We also specialize in Generac generator installation and maintenance. 

Call Cooper to start securing your home generator today!