Choosing The Perfect Place For Your Generator


Choosing The Perfect Place For Your Generator

Choosing The Perfect Place For Your Generator

Having a standby generator is perfect for when you lose power at your house. You will never have to worry about losing the stuff in your refrigerator. Plus, you will always be able to do the things you want to do during a power outage. When you plan to get a generator, you will have to choose the perfect spot. You have to install it in the right place to avoid being in violation of local ordinances. Be sure it's not close enough to the electric meter and not in sight of everyone.

Safety and Generator Location

You will only want to have your generator installed with safety in mind. You should never try to install your generator inside your house. Your generator should be on a level flat surface. This area should not be in an area where it floods. When you install a generator, it must be five feet away from soffit vents, doorways, and windows for safety. Generator exhaust puts out carbon monoxide. This can be life-threatening if it gets into your home. You also want to ensure that you never install your generator under an overhang or breezeway. Accumulating snow drifts can fall and hit the generator, causing damage.

Ensuring You Are Following Local And State Ordinances

Now you know how to install your generator with safety in mind. You will now want to find out your building codes in your area. Your HVAC Professional should know this information upfront. In some states, there will be specific locations where you can install the generator. You may also have to get the generator inspected for safety and for being in the right position. If you have an HOA, you will want to check to see if there are any rules on where you can put your generator. Most will not let you put your generator in the front of your house, and you should not be able to see it from the road.

Staying Close To The Electric Meter

When you install a generator, it is a good idea that it be close to the electric meter and your gas meter. When your gas piping does not have to run as far, this allows a consistent supply of gas going into the generator. The less friction, the less wear, and tear on your generator over the years. When your generator is close to the utilities, costs will be down during installation.


If you want a generator installed, call Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric. Our HVAC Professionals will help you install a generator. We keep safety in mind, follow all ordinances, and keep it working well when you need it.