All About Power Generators
Being without electricity is more than a little annoying and it can infringe upon even the simplest of everyday activities, creating a hassle for you and your family. The power grid which is used by Americans has become more unreliable by the year and many are making the smart and conscious decision to invest in an all power generator so that they are never left in the dark or have to contend with climates that are unbearable.
In the world of generators there are many to choose from and understanding the functionality and reliability of the different options is important before committing to one. Generally speaking there are two types: portable and standby and each of them can be quite an asset to have when your energy source is gone.
Portable generators are known as the hands-on power tools of the industry. When someone loses their power, these types require the homeowner to plug the actual unit into their subpanels or appliances in order to restore some energy. These are gas powered and are the more cost efficient of the two options ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $2,000.
Standby generators are definitively more expensive starting at about $5,000 and really the consumer is paying for their convenience. These types will automatically start on their own as soon as the power outage occurs and they run off of natural gas or propane.
The good thing about these is that should you not be home when the power goes out, these will kick on right away so the instances of food products being lost or pets getting too cold or hot are evaporated.
Of course it is also necessary to know how much backup power one will need to effectively power their living space so that the portable power supply can offer the adequate amount of wattage. This can be determined by compiling a list of everything in the home that needs to stay running when power is lost. Include things such as the refrigerator/freezers, lights, sub-pumps if applicable and microwaves so food can be prepared. To determine the wattage of the generator you’ll use, the initial step for adding standby power is to decide what you need (or want) to keep running if ever the electricity went out.
Wattages can be configured by adding all the watts of what needs to be powered and then multiplying that total number by 1.5. This will give you an estimated number of minimum watts needed for your power sourcing.
Portable electric generator options are vast and they are a great way to sustain your home’s electrical supply. It is most important that when these are used that safety precautions are taken; otherwise serious damage can be caused to both electrical outlets and people.
These generators cannot be connected to any other power source and owners of them are responsible for making sure they are also connected to the regular power lines from the city in which they live. Always defer to your user guide manual for safety regulations and rules and adhere to the following when using them:
- Read all of the instructions thoroughly and follow them to the letter
- Ensure that the electricity you are trying to get from the generator isn’t more than it can handle in output
- Use proper ventilation techniques as these will produce carbon monoxide and can be deadly to humans and pets when breathed in
- When handling fuel do so carefully and clean up any spills or over-pours and make sure the generator is off before fueling
- Only UL, three pronged extension cords should be utilized to supply electricity for these generators
- Permanent generators require a permit by the city that you live in
Choosing the Perfect Stand by Generator
Any stand by generator is chosen based on several factors. When shopping for one it is better to choose a bundle package which will include the generator and an automatic transfer switch. First take into consideration the strength of the ones being considered.
All of them are rated according to kilowatts which will measure both the endurance and overall power sourcing. Take into consideration which things you need to power as appliances run on different wattages and things like air conditioning take a lot more watts than a blender or microwave.
These are costly so only purchase what is needed. A good guideline is to go by the size of your electrical panel. The number of electrical amps that can be run needs to match the breaker in the home. So if the breaker is 400 amps, so too should be the amount of electricity running through the generator and its output.
A backup generator has become a necessity for homes and doing thorough research first is pivotal. Safety, the overall power needs and cost should all be taken into consideration.