Sooner or later the power will go out at your home and you’ll need the reliability of a generator. With a generator installed you can be assure that you and your family are safe, protected from the elements and your daily routine is never interrupted. Look at a generator as a little peace of mind when you’re out of town and away from your home, or at home weathering a storm. Just like any insurance policy, a generator is something you buy hoping it won't be needed. But when you do need it, you’ll be glad it’s there.
When the power fails because of a summer thunder storm, winter ice storm or a power grid failure, the generator will immediately go in to action. The automatic transfer switch immediately shuts off the main supply and starts up the generator. The generator’s electrical output is sent to the designated emergency circuits in your house, and you’re back up and running. All of this happens in about 15 seconds! When the power returns to the grid, the generator shuts down automatically and goes in to stand by for the next outage.
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Electrical storms, ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding — all of these weather events and more can inflict damage on electrical grids, plunging your home into darkness for hours, days, or even weeks.
Many homeowners purchase small portable generators to provide backup power in the event of a power outage,
But these only provide a limited supply of electricity and require regular oversight to keep fueled and running.
An ideal emergency generator for your home will provide enough power to operate home heating and air-conditioning systems,
providing you with a comfortable environment and protecting your home from damage from mold or frozen pipes.
And it will be ready to run at a moment’s notice, with no need for you to position the generator and run electrical cords to provide power for essential appliances.
That’s why an increasing number of homeowners are emergency-proofing their homes by installing a whole-house generator.
Unlike a portable generator, awhole-house generator is permanently wired into your home and turns on automatically when the power goes out.
Standby generators are connected to either natural gas lines or large fuel tanks, so they’ll have enough fuel to get you through an extensive power outage.
Sound like a good idea? If you’re considering a standby generator,
Take a moment to consider these important points before you take the plunge.
You’ll have a better idea of what’s involved in installing a standby generator,
and you’ll be able to choose a generator that makes sense for your home.
At the top of the list of important considerations is generator capacity. Generators are rated by the number of watts they produce. A thousand watts is called a kilowatt (kW), so a 10kW generator can produce 10,000 watts of power.
The more devices you want to power, the bigger (and more expensive) the generator you’ll need. A typical portable generator might produce 2kW to 4kW, whereas a 20kW rating is quite common for a whole-house generator designed to power your entire home.
If you’re only concerned about keeping a few lights on and powering your refrigerator and freezer, you can get by with a relatively small generator, perhaps in the 5-10kW range.
Furnaces and air conditioning units require much more power — for a medium-size home you’ll probably need a generator in the 20-22kW range. A quick search on the internet will rustle up a number of calculators to help you determine how large a generator you need.