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Gas-Powered Backup Generator Installation

Considering a backup generator for your home?

Briggs and Stratton Standby Generator Installed Outside a Home

A Gas-Powered Backup Generator can be a great addition to your home, to help protect against basement floods (if you have a sump pump) and keep refrigerated perishables from spoiling in the event of an extended power outage. As an added benefit, having a backup generator installed can greatly reduce the cost of house insurance and increase your overall resale value. 

How is a Backup Generator connected to your home?

Unlike a portable generator, a gas powered backup generator is placed in a permanent location outside of your home and connected directly to your gas or propane supply. This means you won’t have to ensure you have gasoline on hand to run the unit, and that it will run continuously if there is gas or propane available without manual intervention.  

In order to provide an immediate and automatic electricity supply to in the event of a power outage, an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) needs to be installed by a licensed electrician, otherwise you will need to manually turn the unit on and off.  

What is an Automatic Transfer Switch?

An automatic transfer switch is a separate piece of equipment that’s installed by a licensed electrician, it’s directly wired your electrical panel. The switch detects a power outage and signals your generator to turn on, then it redirects the power from the generator to your electrical panel and powers your home. When electricity is restored, the ATS automatically switches off and your power returns as normal.  

Choosing a permanently installed gas-powered back-up generator requires both a gas fitter and an electrician. Postma is a multi-trade contractor, meaning we are the only company you need to call to complete the installation of your gas-powered backup generator.  

What size of generator do I need?

The size of generator you require will depend on your energy usage and what items you consider essential in a power outage. Our electricians can offer you the best solutions based on your energy needs in the event of power failure. Every homeowner’s needs will be different, that’s why having a site survey is so important. It also needs to be done by a licensed electrical contracting business or by a professional generator dealer. 

Contact us today using our form below to schedule your complimentary site survey!

Other Considerations

Much like your car, this is a large piece of mechanical equipment, to protect your investment and ensure efficient operation, your permanently installed Gas Powered Generator will require annual maintenance. Regardless of the actual run time the Generator has seen, the batteries should be inspected, an oil change should be completed as well as a filter change. It would be wise to also have a back-up battery on hand. 

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Our mission is to provide valuable and informative services that ensure the comfort and safety of our customers. We have been serving Chatham-Kent and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Established in 1989 by brothers, Ron and George Postma and their wives, Hetty and Linda – the company continues to be family owned and operated to this day.

Our mission is to provide valuable and informative services that ensure the comfort and safety of our customers. We have been serving Chatham-Kent and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Established in 1989 by brothers, Ron and George Postma and their wives, Hetty and Linda – the company continues to be family owned and operated to this day.

Postma Heating & Cooling Inc. employs certified, local contractors that are dedicated to understanding your unique situation, providing you with valuable solutions, and presenting you with a price before the work begins. We are pleased to provide a Service Partner Plan and regular maintenance options to catch small problems before they have the chance to grow into serious ones.