Why have one?
The simple answer is to keep your family and your home safe and secure and from sitting in the dark, cold or blistering heat. Likewise, to keep your business from being forced to close and losing some of your customers to the competition during the next power outage.
Standby generators are an insurance policy again a short or long-term outage. Like other insurance policies you hope you never need it but it’s there if and when you do. Whether you live in an outage prone area with above ground power lines and trees or realize the aging power grid we’re all attached to is not getting better soon, a backup standby power source becomes less the luxury and quite the necessity for peace of mind.
Even the American Red Cross suggests a standby over a portable generator for backup power:
“For power outages, permanently installed stationary generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home. Even a properly connected portable generator can become overloaded. This may result in overheating or stressing the generator components, possibly leading to a generator failure.” American Red Cross/ Power outage/ Safe Generator Use
How does a standby unit work?
When the power from the Utility goes off line, the transfer switch portion of the system takes notice and in turn (10-20 seconds) activates the standby generator and the alternate power to the house. When the utility comes back online it once again senses the change and turns off the generator as a seamless and automatic solution
You don’t have to flip any switches, pull any cords, get out the gas can, or drag the generator out of the garage.
How is a Standby Generator powered?
Most standby generators are powered by Natural Gas, Liquid Propane or Diesel. This is usually dictated by the available service you may have at your home or business.
Can I install one in my home?
Absolutely NOT! Whether a standby or portable a generator has an internal combustion engine. The exhaust from running a generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. Therefore, no generator should ever be placed inside. A generator must only be used in a well ventilated area, which means outside away from windows, doors, vents, etc. that would allow exhaust fumes to work their way back into the home or business.
How Loud is the generator when running?
Not all generators are made alike but an average can be from mid-50’s to mid-60’s decibels. What does that mean in laymen’s terms? It means is you could comfortably carry on a conversation while standing next to it as it runs. The entirety of the generator is housed in a sound attenuated enclosure, so it is more of a gentle hum, as opposed to the roar of a leaf blower or lawn mower.
How big is the generator?
Obviously the different size generators can be substantially different in size but as a rule of thumb the air cooled units go on a 3’ X 5’ pad. The enclosure itself is a little smaller than that (48” wide) and stands less than 3’ tall. Larger liquid-cooled units can be a bit bigger and of course larger commercial units can be bigger still. If you look on our product pages there are specs and sizes for each but feel free to call us with any questions.
Where can I put it?
First there are the manufacturers’ spec. Some units, depending on the type of enclosure they have can be as little as 18” from the house while others need to be further away. The truth though sometimes lies in between. Municipal ordinances have the last say on generator placement in general when it comes to proximity to the home, property lines, etc. Once those are satisfied we can help you with the best aesthetic and cost saving location on your property.
Do you take care of all the permits?
Yes! We work throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties and are familiar with the requirements for each municipality. As part of our turnkey solution we pull all the appropriate permits and schedule all the necessary inspections for a safe and proper installation.
If I need a bigger air cooled generator can you help me?
The heart of our service is matching the correct size generator to your needs. Our free onsite consultation will give us the information necessary to give you an informed recommendation as to the proper system for your home or business. Greenwich Power Systems is authorized to sell, install, maintain and service all of the Generac and Kohler standby models available today. From the little 6,7 and 8kW models to the powerhouse 150kWs and beyond.
What happens in a typical installation?
The general timeline for an installation after order is:
1. The unit is delivered and placed either on a gravel bed or concrete pad
2. Any trenching that might be necessary for gas or electrical lines will be dug
3. The electrician will start the installation and roughly run the lines and install the Transfer Switch.
4. The plumber or LP Gas company will run their lines to the generator and do what is called a pressure test.
5. At this point in many municipalities an inspection called the Rough Inspection is done by the city or town.
6. When that inspection is passed the remainder of the electrical and plumbing work is completed.
7. Next any holes are patched and if it was required the trench is filled.
8. The system is powered up and a startup procedure is initiated by a trained technician.
9. After this, again in municipalities requiring it, a final inspection is called for and when passed the certificate will be generated by the town and the generator will be deemed operational.
How much is this going to cost?
This is a hard question to answer because each installation can be somewhat different and offer different challenges to getting the work done. The variable also includes the type and size of the standby generator. What we recommend is allowing us the opportunity to give you a no-cost consultation which results in a hard quote. We feel our quotes are competitive in today’s market and will work with you for the best buying and installation process possible.
Is there financing available?
Yes, there are a number of programs available for financing with some programs being as low as 0% interest for up to 18 months. Call us and we’ll be happy to get you a quote.