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    What size/type Generator? What are the househole requirements?

    My wife and I purchased our first home. Will be closing on July 5th and One of my main objectives are to have a Generator installed. Id like to be able to power the entire house.. AC unit (Central AC), TV, Fridge, few Lights. Security system,

    House is 2200 square ft, 4 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths.

    What size generator/type and What is required for the house? size braker panel, etc

    Thanks

    #2
    I'm not an expert, but from what I've seen it looks like most houses can run on 12k with a smart switch. I've been planning on getting a Generac, but LI Ammo keeps making me push that install off.
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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      #3
      I did the "calculator" on the generac website, They recommend the 22k one..

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        #4
        That seems way too large.
        Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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          #5
          22kw whole house

          16kw Partial Managed Power

          11kw Full managed power

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            #6
            My house is about 1500 sq feet and I have a 13kw running on natural gas. On natural gas it puts out 11.5kw vs the full 13kw on propane. I can run my central air, fridge, microwave, lights, TV, etc. at the same time.

            ETA - not using any of the smart switches it came with - though if I thought I would want to use my dishwasher, I would consider hooking them up.

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              #7
              2200 sft is not a big house a 12k will be fine, Of course that depends on what you want to get out of it, Most people are happy with being able to run the boiler/hot water heater, refrigerator/appliances and the lights, If you want to live like the rich out east and not be interrupted for more than 3 minutes, run the a/c, pool heater and sauna as well as the indoor spa then you will need a much larger unit and will be spending way over 10k just for the equipment.

              To Be Honest, I run all my lights, refrigerator and TVs, hot water heater/boiler and My Central A/C (NOT ALL AT ONCE) off A honda EU 3000 whisper 1 tank of fuel per 15 hrs and my home is about 2000sft so a 12k is sufficient.

              Disclaimer: I am no Expert, I just Build Homes and have had quite a few of these installed on my projects

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                #8
                As stated, Id like to run my central ac, fridge, hot water heater, tv, some lights, security, and Stove... I believe thats really it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Paté View Post
                  I'm not an expert, but from what I've seen it looks like most houses can run on 12k with a smart switch. I've been planning on getting a Generac, but LI Ammo keeps making me push that install off.

                  A perfect fit for you, you cranky bastard...
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                    #10
                    Price difference between a 12kw to a 20kw isn't that much. I'd rather run the motor at 50% load vs 80% load. Go with a 20kw. With electrical, generator, and gas...

                    youll be be at around 9k total setup

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                      #11
                      What kind of amp panel would i be looking for? Will it be a separate panel? I currently have 150amp service..

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                      • IlDuce
                        IlDuce commented
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                        I have to see whats in the area, Im either going to go propane or natural. Unsure of which yet.

                      • Heartlessmcfly
                        Heartlessmcfly commented
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                        Hope you have gas. Propane burns quick

                      • IlDuce
                        IlDuce commented
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                        Im pretty sure my area has Natural gas, I have to check the utility map and see what they have.

                      #12
                      We used JHACS electric out of Mineola. 1 year zero interest payout.
                      Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                        #13
                        Originally posted by IlDuce View Post
                        As stated, Id like to run my central ac, fridge, hot water heater, tv, some lights, security, and Stove... I believe thats really it.
                        AC, electric stove and a dryer are the biggest power draws. A fridge (newer) does draw much at all and lights can be changed to LED and use pennies a month. But the AC is probably drawing 40+ amps by itself.

                        dam, IlDuce got banned?
                        Originally posted by ChiefSailer
                        Deplorables FTW!!

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                        • IlDuce
                          IlDuce commented
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                          no, but i fooled you

                        • 100MPG
                          100MPG commented
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                          DOH! Just for that, you should be banned!

                        #14
                        20kw generator will allow 90amps

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                          #15
                          I don't have the link to the below, but this is what I found when I did my research before buying a generator.

                          I would focus on the basics first, and be less concerned about AC unless there are medical issues.


                          Household Power Needs
                          AVERAGE WATTAGE REQUIREMENT GUIDE
                          (AMPS X VOLTS = WATTS)

                          Household Approximate
                          Wattage Required
                          For Starting
                          Approximate
                          Running Wattage
                          Requirements
                          Coffee Maker 600 600
                          Dishwasher
                          Cool Dry
                          540 216
                          Electric Fry Pan 1500 1500
                          Electric Range
                          8-inch element
                          2100 2100
                          Microwave Oven 650 watts 1000 1000
                          Refrigerator or Freezer Energy Star 1200 132-192
                          Automatic Washer 1200 1200
                          Clothes Dryer
                          Electric
                          6750 5400
                          Computers Approximate
                          Wattage Required
                          For Starting
                          Approximage
                          Running Wattage
                          Requirements
                          Desktop 600 to 800 600 to 800
                          Laptop 200 to 250 200 to 250
                          Monitor (CRT) 200 to 250 200 to 250
                          Fax 600 to 800 600 to 800
                          Printer 400 to 600 400 to 600

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