New England is at the center of explosive year-round weather, from severe winter blizzards to intense summer storm cells. Because of this, the installation of automatic standby generators has become more prevalent in the area with most builders including a generator or a hook-up for a generator in every new home they build. In today’s market, a generator adds about $5,000 to the value of a home in the area.

Important points to know about generators: 

Sizing: It is important that a generator is properly sized to a home based on the power requirements of the home as well as the desires of the homeowner

Fuel: Generators can be powered by either propane gas or natural gas

  • Propane Gas: a generator can in some cases be hooked up to an existing propane tank on the property or a new tank can be installed either above or below ground. The self storage of propane is beneficial to a homeowner during a storm as they can regulate their supply
  • Natural Gas: a generator can in most cases be hooked up to an existing natural gas line at the home. In some situations, an existing line does not provide enough volume to power the generator in which case, propane gas should be used. Homeowners with generators powered by natural gas should be aware that during an emergency such as storm Sandy, there is a possibility that gas lines can be shut down

Electrical: A generator can power an entire home or select circuits

Permitting & Placement: Each town has specific permitting and regulations in regards to placement of the unit on a property as well as electrical and gas permitting

Want to know exactly how a standby generator works when the power goes out; click here to watch a short video.

Gault offers a unique turn-key generator solution handling every step of the installation making the process seamless for a homeowner or builder. We have an entire team dedicated to generator sales, installation and service. If you or a client has any questions about generators, please feel free to reach out to us.


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