Spring season weather brings with it an increased risk of severe weather like powerful thunderstorms. With those, there’s an increased risk of the power going out.
And for situations like that, Advanced Propane can help keep your home safe and comfy when the power by installing gas lines from your home’s propane tank to a propane whole-house standby generator.
With a generator installation comes an inherent need for best safety practices, once of which is how far your standby generator needs to be from your home. Here’s some important information you should know about safely installing a standby generator in your home:
It is recommended that your standby generator be installed at least 18 inches from the exterior of your home. It also needs to be at least five feet away from doors and windows.
Do NOT install a standby generator under an overhang or in a breezeway, or in a recessed area surrounded by trees or shrubs; give your generator a 36-inch clearance from any combustible materials such as trees, plants, and fencing.
Further, you must make sure the generator is not placed in an area where snow drifts can pile up around it and block the exhaust.
Also, some communities require a standby generator to be at least five feet in from the property line.
There are many safety factors to consider here besides how far from the house your generator needs to be. Here are some other things we can help you to figure out:
Create a level surface. An uneven surface under the standby generator could cause it to trip. Also, generators vibrate when they’re running. The noise they create is exacerbated if the surface under the generator is not level.
Place the generator near the service panel. The service panel is what supplies the electricity to your home that’s produced by your standby generator.
Consider your neighbors. As we mentioned earlier, all standby generators create noise. Install your generator as far as you safely can from your neighbors’ homes if your lots are in tighter proximity.
Don’t be caught without power! Contact Advanced Propane today to get started on the process of installing a propane whole-house standby generator at your home.