Optimal Placement of a Home Standby Generator

Updated by Juan Velez


Minimizing distances from the fuel and electric meters and or main distribution panel to reduce the cost of installation.

Efficient Electrical Runs

Things like longer electrical conduits or fuel lines will increase costs due to trenching that is needed.

Safe Clearance

Proper clearance when placing the generator must be at a minimum of five feet from doors, windows, and any other openings of the intended home.

Ideal Distance

Check to see what local code allows. The unit should be installed no less than 18 inches from the home. View and download the pdf version for optimum placement.

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