A standby generator and is permanently installed to your home’s electrical system and will automatically start up when power is lost.

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Q: I’m looking into buying a permanently installed generator. In past columns you have mentioned these systems — how are they installed?

A: This type of generator is called a standby generator and is permanently installed to your home’s electrical system. Residential standbys run on natural gas or propane, and they automatically start up when power is lost.

Here are the five basic steps that are involved when having a standby generator system installed.

• Standby generators are professionally installed with proper permits pulled. So, first locate a licensed standby generator dealer/installer in your area.

• After a site visit and any trenching that’s needed, the automatic transfer panel switch and generator are set in place.

• All electrical lines/controls are installed and connected.

• Natural gas or propane fuel lines are connected to the generator and underground wires and piping are backfilled.

• Your dealer/installer starts and tests the system and your new standby generator is ready to light up your life.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of  TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.