Gas-powered generators are a wonderful way to provide your home with a backup source of power during outages. Unfortunately, generators can take away from the appearance of your perfectly landscaped property. Instead of leaving your generator out in the open, your generator can be enclosed. Below, you will find a few tips for enclosing your generator.
Buy or Build?
If you aren't the handy type, it would probably be best for you to buy a shed to store your generator in. You can purchase a prebuilt standard shed, or you can hire a contractor to custom build you a shed to the size, shape, color and design that you would want.
If you are the handy type, you can find all sorts of plans for building sheds of all shapes and sizes online. Some of the plans are free, while others may cost you a little bit. You may even be able to build an enclosure that looks like a miniature version of your house.
If you have a beautifully hardscaped property, consider building a stone enclosure around your generator. A stone enclosure will last many years, will protect your generator from virtually any natural disaster and fit in beautifully with the rest of the landscaping and hardscaping design.
Note: Remember, you will need access to the generator for maintenance, fueling and repairs. This access can be with a removable roof or an access door. As long as the opening is large enough to remove the generator if you need to, it will be fine.
Exhaust and Airflow
When designing the shed or stone enclosure for your generator, remember that it will need an exhaust and a clean air intake of some kind. This can easily be accomplished by installing a chimney of sorts and a vent on the side of the enclosure.
Benefits of Enclosures
Not only do you benefit by not having a not-so-pretty generator around your home, but the enclosure will protect your generator from the elements. Although generators are typically built very well, time, moisture, subzero and sky-high temperatures can all be damaging to the unit.
Secondly, the enclosure will help to mute the sound of the generator when it is in use. Gas-powered generators can be quite noisy, but if you have it enclosed, the sound won't be quite as intrusive.
Note: If you opt for a wooden shed-like enclosure, consider insulating the walls and the roof. This will help to deaden the sound even further.
Talk with your local generator professional (such as one from Hamilton Electric Company) to learn more about enclosing your generator for aesthetic and protective benefits.