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, and 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 cannot just sit it anywhere because you may be in violation of local ordinances, not close enough to the electric meter, and 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 placed on a level flat surface. This area should not be in an area where it floods. When a generator is installed, it must be installed five feet away from soffit vents, doorways, and windows for safety. Generator exhaust puts out carbon monoxide, which can be life-threatening if it gets into your home. Another thing to watch out for when it comes to safety is 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 that 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 as to where the generator can be installed. Also, you may be required 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 as to where you can put your generator. Most will not let you put your generator in the front of your house, and it cannot be seen from the road.

Staying Close To The Electric Meter

When your generator is installed, 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 to get a generator installed, call Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric. Their HVAC Professional team will help you to have a generator that is installed with safety in mind, follows all the ordinances, and that will work well when you need it.