1. How much power do you want? Are you a minimalist who can survive with only a powered stove, refrigerator and heat source? Or do you want your whole house powered so that you have a seamless transition whenever the power goes out? Based on what you want, we can do a load calculation, calculate your amperage, and suggest the right sized generator.
2. Where in the world are you? A cold place needs a more substantial generator than a warm place.
3. What powers your appliances? More gas appliances mean a smaller generator. Electric appliances and electric heat will require a bigger generator.
4. Propane or natural gas? Propane gives you two more kilowatts of power than natural gas, so that means propane burns hotter. All KOHLER® residential generators can operate on either fuel. Maybe Propane or Natural Gas are not available where you live? If you live on a Farm or have access to diesel fuel, diesel generators are available as well.
5. How big is your house? Your square footage can help you determine the lighting load. Do you want to power your workshop or garage? Click here for KOHLER®’s calculator.
6. Where are your electrical panels located? Where is your meter base? Although package generator and transfer switches are offered and are less expensive, sometimes different types of automatic transfer switches are better suited and more cost effective than others based on these questions. Remember, although it may cost more for a different type of transfer switch, it usually means savings on labor and materials for the installation.
Palmer Generators can keep your house powered for life, even when the rest of the neighborhood looks dark. If you’d like a consultant to visit your house and estimate your power needs with you, give us a call.