generator info please


Old 11-04-05, 05:37 PM
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generator info please

Has anyone used a generator that runs the entire house?

I am looking for the proper setup for a home to be able to have a generator wired into the whole house system that whenever there is a loss of power for more than a minute it takes over and runs the house.

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Old 11-04-05, 05:47 PM
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How big is the house?
What size is your service?
What electrical appliances do you have?
How much electric heat?
How much A/C?
Do you have nat.gas on site?

You should do a load calculation for your electrical needs to determine how big a genset you will need.
A unit to run the average home will be in the $10k-$12k range installed.
Old 11-04-05, 05:54 PM
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florida home

we have a florida townhome that has 6 rooms and this is a real problem down here laterly with power and storms.

If I get these numbers together is there anyone to contact to do this for me-just an electrical contractor-or who? Also is there a certain brand to look for.

Thanks for all your advise.
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Kohler and Genrac are some brands. The installation has to be properly designed and permitted. Need a transfer switch so you do not backfeed the power line.

What are you condidering for a fuel source? Probably not allowed to store enough gasoline or diesel on property. That leaves propane and natural gas. Do either of these survive hurricanes and coastal flooding?
Old 11-05-05, 01:49 PM
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THANKS SO MUCH! GREAT IDEA. I never thought about using propane or natural gas. I will look up these 2 names and I really think the propane option may work best for me.

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