How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Rental Property

choose the right generator for your rental property

As a property manager of multifamily housing, you know that one key aspect of your job is to ensure that your tenants always have the safety they need while at home. Part of this safety includes having the electricity they need to stay safe and comfortable, especially during inclement weather. Providing backup power to your tenants not only offers them greater satisfaction with their rental housing but gives them the safety and security they need. At Midwest Generator Solutions, we have the experience and knowledge to help you choose the right generator for your rental property.

Which generator size do I need?

The first step to choose the right generator for your rental property is to consider the size of the generator. Generator size doesn’t refer to the physical dimensions, rather it refers to the amount of power that the generator can create.

While the generator size certainly needs to tie back to your budget, the main question to ask yourself when determining the power requirements for your generator is this: In the event of a power outage, do I need the generator to power the entire building or just a few appliances in each rental unit?

Depending on your situation, the answer may be just a matter of your budget and preference, or it may be more dependent on code compliance and ensuring the rights of your tenants are being met. Whatever your situation, determining the overall power needs of your rental property beforehand will make it easier to choose the right generator for the property.

Which type of fuel should I use for my standby generator?

In general, standby generators typically run on one of three fuel sources: diesel fuel, propane gas, and natural gas. Cost and availability of the fuel source are two important factors to consider. Diesel and propane provide “on-site” fuel, but usually require refilling during an extended power outage. Natural gas, on the other hand, draws its power from local utilities and doesn’t require you to check and refill its fuel source.

When deciding which type of fuel you want to use for your backup generator, be sure to check local code requirements to see which fuel types are available in your area. For example, propane is sometimes not an option to addresses within city limits in some areas.

Are there noise ordinances in the area where the generator will be located?

Most generators are located outdoors, similar to an air conditioning unit. Be sure to check into any noise ordinances and make sure that the unit you purchase doesn’t violate the rules in your neighborhood. Many residential standby generators come standard with a sound attenuated enclosure, while commercial generators may offer several enclosure types to muffle the noise.

Of course, there may be other considerations as well.

Other questions to ask yourself to choose the right generator for your rental property include the following:

  • Are my rental properties in a place that experiences frequent power outages?
  • What is my budget for the generator itself?
  • What is my budget for fuel and maintenance?
  • Do my properties need full power during an outage, or can I supply just basic power?
  • What are my requirements as a landlord, and what are the local codes for standby generators?
  • Who will perform the installation and maintenance?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a better idea of the kind of generator you need. The generator experts at Midwest Generator Solutions are a great resource to walk you through the process of purchasing a new standby generator. With so many things to consider, the help of a professional can give you the assurance that you’re making the right choice. Connect with us on Facebook, submit this online contact form, or give us a call today at (317)831-8677.