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Mapping Out the Location

How to Choose the Perfect Location for Your Generator

By Mike Sawisch  |  Generator Expert
When you receive a new standby generator, you'll have to know where you're going to install it.

There are some specifics to consider when choosing an installation spot for your generator. It's always good to consult your installer when selecting a location.

A good spot is one where the generator can run safely and efficiently without endangering the lives of your family or your neighbors.
1. Safety Comes First

Never install a generator indoors. Your standby generator should be installed outside on a flat, level surface that doesn't flood.

Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide, so installation should be at least five feet from any windows, doorways, or soffit vents.

Never install a generator beneath an overhang, in a breezeway, or in an area that collects snow drifts.
2. Obey the Ordinances

The local building code authority will have the final say in where and how your generator is installed, so consult your installer to find out what the requirements are before selecting a location.

Once you've determined what the building codes are for installing your generator, you'll have a better idea of where you can place your generator.
3. Stay Close to the Meter

Installation should ideally be done in close proximity to the electric meter and the gas meter.

This way your gas piping doesn't have to run as far, reducing friction in the pipes and providing a more consistent fuel supply to the generator.

Installing closer to the utilities can also help to cut down the cost of materials and installation.

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