Q: I’ve been thinking about installing a standby home generator, but I have a small yard. I want to know if residential standby generator can be installed in tight area.
A: A residential standby generator is not the same as a portable generator. Standby generators are professionally installed to a home’s electrical system; they run on natural gas or propane; and they turn on automatically in the event of a power failure. They’re available in different sizes and can power up selected circuits or the entire home.
Permits from your local building inspector’s office are required before starting a standby generator job. Town or city officials can decide if your lot meets approval codes.
For tight areas, manufacturers do offer corrosion-resistant aluminum enclosures that usually can be installed closer to the home to save space. Contacting a professional installer/dealer up front to walk the property can generate additional information on whether or not a standby generator is a good fit for your home.
Ed Del Grande: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.”