A generator is a device that provides an alternate source of electricity (off the grid). During an emergency, it allows you to continue using essential appliances such as air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, as well as lights. Technically speaking, an electric generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electric energy. The AC power generators for home use utilize small engines to produce the mechanical energy. Since such a system includes an engine and a generator mounted together, a technical term for this appliance is an engine-generator or genset.
Home generators can be stationary or portable. They run on a variety of fuels such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas (NG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Portable types are excellent for short-term emergencies.
Watch the Generac video below to see how a Generac home generator will provide safety, comfort and security to your family during times of power outages and unexpected emergencies.
Though portable generators are prevalent, they are not suitable for long-term power backups (beyond 24hrs.) since gas pumps may not work during a wide spread blackout. For a long term emergency consider standby sets. They can provide continuous power because they are hooked up to an external fuel source, such as natural gas line. Some portable devices can also be fueled from an external source and can therefore provide extended run time too. The main differences between them and stationary sources are in their connection and activation.
To keep things in perspective with today’s reliance on computer applications and data storage devices, the role that a standby generator can play becomes more validating if your livelihood depends on these technologies; a more common reality than in the 20th century. Therefore you will find it a mandatory part of every corporation and thriving business to have such a device in place.
At Mr. Electric, we pride ourselves in offering the latest know how on this type of contractor service. We are aware of the impact that the installation of a genset device will make and are familiar with the top ranking manufacturers while keeping in mind your budget along the way.
Inquire with us for further consult how a genset can fit your home and business needs. Preparing today will be what gives you security tomorrow!
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WARNING: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) installations of transfer systems are absolutely discouraged. Any transfer switch, a key component of a proper generator installation, should be always installed by a licensed electrician ONLY. An improperly installed transfer switch is a safety hazard and can also damage your generator when the power is restored. Backfeed from your generator into the utility system could electrocute your neighbors or utility personnel repairing the outage.
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