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Everything You Need to Know About Generators

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Portable generator (Image via Generac) Generators

Portable generator (Image via Generac)

Everything You Need to Know About Generators

During power blackouts, a generator can power necessary appliances, like refrigerators and heaters, and control temperatures in your home. Interestingly, sellers of electric generators record high sales during major storms.

What does this finding show? The majority of the users only buy the generator when an emergency strikes. When you’re in a hurry, you choose a generator randomly that appears to be up to the task. Consequently, you don’t pay attention to specs, follow the recommended installation procedures and are likely to  misguidedly use extension cords.

We also have a duty to provide a reliable backup power for our families. Therefore, a generator is simply inevitable for each and every household. Read on for everything you need to know about generators.

Typical uses of a generator

  • Backup Power during extreme climatic conditions

    If extreme weather conditions are a threat where you live, a backup generator provides a lasting solution. A user who lives in a chilling climate can’t afford to rely on utility power to support their furnaces and heaters.

    Besides, we all have a duty to provide a haven for our family members. Standby (or even portable) generators will enable you to use heat producing devices during power blackouts and hence provide comfort to your family members. The same applies to individuals who live in coastal regions. A generator provides backup during an emergency.

  • Outdoor recreational activities

    Portable generators have made outdoor camping not only safe but also convenient. They enable you to enjoy all the expediency of modern living including having a coffee maker to make your favorite drink, a refrigerator for the storage of perishables and much more. With a portable generator, you can bring along your fancy appliances and enhance the security of your family with low-voltage lights.

  • Generators for, Backyard, contractors, business and commercial use. 
    Are you a contractor working on a remote construction site without electricity connection or even in the backyard? A Portable Generator is ideal for you. It’ll enable you to operate all your electrical tools, such as roofing guns and spray gun systems, power your lighting allowing you to work indoors, at a distant backyard, during the night and huge darkening storms. Small entrepreneurs also stand to benefits a lot since generators will enable their businesses to remain operational even during power outages.

Types of Generators to Consider

Standby Generator( Image via Generac)

Standby Generator( Image via Generac)

.Standby Generators

• Besides costing a lot of money, standby generators need to be skillfully installed by a professional. You, therefore need to factor in labor costs. The reason is you’ll need the service of a qualified electrician to guide you on appropriate permits, proper location, and noise restrictions.
• Start automatically during blackouts and tend to supply more power that other alternatives.
• They self-diagnose and notify you when maintenance is due, some even through text or email.
• You choose your preferred fuel type whether propane or natural gas. Both types are safe to store.
• Their outputs range from 5 to 20 Kilowatts. Standby generators are therefore 
best Whole House Generators since they can support all household appliances.
• They cost somewhere in the range of 5,000 10,000 dollars

.Portable Generators
• Portable generators cost less than standby generators
• They run on propane or gas. Due to their limited fuel-tank capacity, you may have to store the fuels in enormous quantities. Doing so necessitates the use of a stabilizer to maintain quality.
• While they can be utilized anywhere within or without your property, they should be not less than 15 feet from any residential property. They should not be used in enclosed spaces and must not come into contact with water.
• Most of them have electric starting though the battery required for this function is usually bought separately.
• Typically supply power in the range of 3,000 to 8,500 watts
• They cost between 400 and 1,000 dollar

Features to look out for

  • Automatic starting: When the power goes off, the standby generator automatically starts without a user’s input. This feature is particularly useful if you are always on the move and have sensitive appliances that need powering. 
  • Electric start: Many latest portable generators have push-button starting as an alternative to the traditional pull-staring. Find out if the price quoted is inclusive of the battery used for electric starting and accordingly factor in the cost of buying one. 
  • Wheels: Give priority to portable generators with wheels that are priced jointly for added portability.
  • Extra features: Fuel gauge and low oil shut off are significant additions that make generator use hassle free and safe respectively.
  • Inverter Technology: If you are going to power sensitive appliances go for high-end generators with inverter technology
  • Several outlets: Four or more outlets will ensure you have enough outlets to plug in several electronic devices especially during emergencies.

Generator maintenance tips

  • Run your generator where there is free flow of air to avoid inhaling harmful carbon monoxide gas
  • When using your generator for backup during a storm, cover it with a waterproof material to keep at bay risk of electric shock
  • Pay attention to rated/continuous power ratings only while choosing a generator since the ratings refer to power that a generator supplies continuously
  • Never refuel your generator while still hot, or connect the generator’s output to the wall socket and be sure to check and change oil and filters as often as possible
  • If you are storing generator fuel for a long time, add a stabilizer to maintain its quality.

Equipped with the above crucial information the next important thing is to know how you can get the best generator. You need to establish your intended use of the generator, power requirements and the extra features you need. Regardless of your situation, you can get the generator that perfectly meets your requirements.

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