An in-home assessment for a backup generator typically involves several key steps to ensure that the correct solution is recommended for your needs and application and with the features and options that you want. It also helps determine the best location, cable paths, fuel source, panel locations, etc. for your professional installation.

Initial Consultation:

The assessment often begins with a discussion about your specific power needs and expectations. This includes understanding which appliances and systems you want to keep running during an outage.

Home Inspection:

  • The installer or technician will inspect your home to determine the best location for the generator. This includes considerations for safety, accessibility, noise, and compliance with local codes.
  • They will also assess the existing electrical system, including the service panel, to ensure compatibility with the backup generator.

Fuel Source Evaluation:

The technician will determine the most suitable fuel source for the generator, which is usually natural gas, propane, or diesel. This involves assessing the availability and accessibility of the fuel source at your home.

Power Requirements Analysis:

  • A critical part of the assessment is calculating the total power requirements of your home. This involves determining the starting and running wattage of the essential appliances and systems you wish to operate during an outage.
  • The assessment might include a walkthrough of your home to identify and list these appliances and systems.

Generator Sizing:

Based on the power requirements analysis, the technician will recommend the appropriate size of the generator. It’s crucial to choose a generator with enough capacity to handle your home’s peak power demands.

Installation Plan:

  • The installer will discuss the installation process, including any necessary preparations, the timeline, and what to expect during the installation.
  • This step also includes discussing any additional components needed, such as an automatic transfer switch or custom enclosures.

Cost Estimate and Options:

  • You will receive a detailed cost estimate for the generator, installation, and any additional components or work needed.
  • The technician might also discuss various models or brands and their features to help you make an informed decision.

Review of Local Codes and Permits:

The assessment will cover any local building codes or permits required for generator installation.

Maintenance and Service Plan Overview:

Finally, the installer will explain the maintenance requirements for the generator and available service plans to ensure long-term reliability and performance.

Q&A Session:

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns you might have about the generator system and its installation.

Remember, the goal of the in-home assessment is to ensure that you get a backup power solution that is tailored to your home’s needs, compliant with local regulations, and installed with the highest safety standards in mind.