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Whole Home Generators

Reliable Whole House Power Generation in Kyle, TX

We've all found ourselves staring at the television during hurricane season, watching the "spaghetti" map of potential storm paths and wondering if it would choose the one that led to our home. One of the biggest concerns when a major storm comes through - hurricane or not - is the potential loss of power. Depending on the amount of damage, the utility company could have things restored in a few hours... or a few weeks. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to stress about whether it's the former or the latter? With a whole home generator, such as those manufactured by Generac, you'll never have to worry.

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How much are whole house generators installed?

Whole house generator installation costs $4,755 on average with a typical range of $1,437-$8,094. However, some projects can cost as little as $360 or as much as $12,000 depending on a few factors. The factors that will affect the cost for installation the most are the type and size of the generator you want installed and the start type.

Are whole house generators worth it?

We think so! Whole house generators are beneficial in a lot of ways. Whole house generators help to provide power to your house in the event of a power outage. During this time, you will still be able to use your appliances and have lighting, heating and cooling in your home. This is especially helpful if you live in a severe climate, work from home or experience frequent power outages.

How long can you run a whole house generator?

Most whole house generators have a total running time between 1,500-3,000 hours. However, you shouldn’t run your generator for more than 500 hours continuously. The main factors that will affect your whole house generator’s total running time include the type of generator you have, the generator’s fuel source and how often you have your generator professionally maintained.

What type of maintenance should be done for a whole house generator?

Here's a list outlining maintenance tasks for a whole house generator:
- Regularly inspect for leaks, corrosion, or loose connections.
- Test the battery and replace it if needed.
- Change oil and filters according to manufacturer recommendations.
- Clear debris from the enclosure and ensure proper ventilation.
- Annually, have a professional service provider inspect and tune up the generator.

Following these maintenance steps ensures your whole house generator operates effectively during emergencies

Stay Bright When the Lights Go Out

A whole house generator is a major investment, so it's important to know the benefits having one can bring to you and your home:

  • Safety First! - Losing power can cause a number of safety hazards that can be mitigated by a whole home generator. Keeping the lights on can prevent injuries from falls or impacts in the dark. People who rely on sophisticated, powered medical equipment can avoid major health issues. Your home's security system will remain up, keeping you protected at the pre-outage level.
  • Continuous Comfort - When the utility power goes out, a whole home generator detects it and automatically starts up and takes on the power load itself. You may notice a brief outage but your lights will come right back on - with enough power to keep everything in your home running.
  • Food Preservation - A major concern during a power outage is food in the fridge or freezer spoiling due to a lack of proper refrigeration. A whole house generator makes sure that all of your major appliances stay on and operational, keeping the food available for you and your family and saving the expense of having to throw it out.
  • Ongoing Plumbing - Many homes use electrical water pumps to power their plumbing. In an outage, access to that water and waste disposal could be lost. A whole home generator can prevent that issue by keeping the pumps powered and functional. Plus, if the outage happens in winter, the generator will keep the heat on so your pipes don't freeze up.

Understand the Investment

While there are many benefits to having a whole home generator, it's important to understand the level of expense involved. It's a major investment for your home, but some think the price they see on the manufacturer's website (usually in the $5000-$8000 range) is all they'll have to pay. Installing a whole home generator and wiring it into your home's grid involves significant skilled labor, so expect to spend somewhere between $12000 and $15000 for the generator and the installation.

You Have the Power!

Ready to take the plunge and ensure your home will never go dark? Garner Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the right solution for your home and install it with professional craftsmanship. Call us today at 512-392-2000 and get started!

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