Re: Which New Panel Should I Buy?
You don't say what size generator you are purchasing which is a consideration. If you are going with a 5kw or 7kw you won't be able to do a transfer with all the loads on. If you are going with a whole house generator you may want to check operating costs. A neighbor has a whole house unit on propane, when it is running it goes through 4gal/hr and cost him over $130/day during a 5 day . Personally I think it is better to have a smaller generator 5 to 7KW. Operating cost are far less but will handle necessities. With the smaller generator I would recommend a transfer switch. Reliance transfer switch have a load meter so you can prevent overloading the generator. You can buy a larger transfer swith than the gen calls for and just switch on circuits as needed, plus with un-switched circuits, when the power comes back on you will know it. Changing out the panel is not something I would recommend being done by a DIYer unless they have extensive experience.
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