Many parts of the world are experiencing higher summer temperatures than we’ve ever seen. Extreme heat and droughts are straining the U.S. power grid, causing it to buckle across entire regions – including the Northeast.
According to U.S. power grid regulators, this will likely lead to an onslaught of electricity shortages and blackouts.
As a Connecticut homeowner, you’ve likely lost power for one reason or another. Whether it was from a major storm or downed power lines, you know how inconvenient it can be.
Combined with recent extreme temperatures, your family and loved ones won’t just be inconvenienced. They may be in danger as well.
Luckily you don’t have to worry about the worst-case scenario if you have a home standby generator installed. Here are five tips for buying a home generator from a dealer in Connecticut:
1. Identify your power needs
The first step to buying a home generator is to understand what your home’s power needs are. What do you want to run on your generator in the instance of a power outage? Just a few appliances or the whole house?
To determine what size generator you’ll need, start by brainstorming a list of appliances you want to prioritize in case of a blackout. To learn more about generator sizing, read our blog post on how to pick the right home generator model for you.
Consider appliances like:
- Heating and cooling systems
- Computers and routers
- And so on
Cannondale’s licensed technicians will also calculate this with you during a free consultation to ensure you get the most accurate estimate for generator size.
2. Consult a local generator dealer near you
Once you understand the needs of your home, get in touch with a local Connecticut home generator dealer.
Due to the nature of the installation process, it’s best to work with a professional company that:
- Specializes in home standby generators
- Knows the local laws and regulations
Cannondale Generators is your full service generator company offering supply, installation, and maintenance of your home generator. Our teams provide 24/7-365 support for the Fairfield County, Connecticut area. Major towns include Greenwich, New Canaan, and Darien.
When you contact a dealer like us for a quote, we provide you with a complimentary home visit. This process allows us to explain the entire process to you, take photos of your desired generator location, and determine things like sizing, placement, and fuel source.
The consultation is an important part of the process of buying a home generator from a dealer. It’s the best time for you to get a full understanding of what’s to come.
REMEMBER: Ask your dealer about the timeline and installation process. It can take up to a year to get some units delivered due to supply chain constraints and backlogs.
3. Explore your home generator warranty options
As you can already see, buying and installing a home standby generator is an investment of time and money. Research your warranty options before finalizing the generator model you choose to buy.
Most air-cooled standby generators by major brands will provide a five-year consumer warranty. However, there’s always fine print that explains exactly what is and isn’t covered.
We encourage you to do your due diligence. Speak with your generator technician during the process to make sure you’re getting the full picture before committing.
4. Consider remote monitoring accessories
For most homeowners, a backup generator adds convenience and safety to their homes. If your neighborhood experiences a blackout when you’re not home, you still want to protect what’s important to you.
Remote monitoring applications give you the information you need to keep the power on and your home protected. It doesn’t matter if you’re down the road or a thousand miles away.
Remote generator monitoring lets you access and control your home generator as if you’re standing in front of it. You can:
- Run generator tests
- Monitor the status
- Check for system errors
- Change the exercise time
- Check your generator history
5. Be prepared to maintain your home standby generator regularly
No matter which generator you choose or dealer you work with, you need to regularly maintain the unit. Our Service Manager says, “Much like a car, expect that your generator will need routine maintenance.”
This typically involves an annual service visit from a generator technician and routine maintenance that you can do yourself. Our team offers home generator maintenance plans if you want to maintain optimal health for your home generator unit.
You can also read how to prevent your generator from failing without the help of a technician.
Want to make buying a home generator easy?
There’s a lot to consider when buying a unit from a local generator dealer. But working with a professional ensures that you have an easier time selecting the right generator type and model for your home.
As an experienced dealer, our team has been helping homeowners in Connecticut buy and install home generators for over 30 years. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.