Standby generators are something you don’t think about – until the power goes out.
Power outages are a nuisance, to say the least, but they can also be costly, dangerous and in rare cases life threatening. Standby generators can eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, the stress and expense of losing power. Naturally, there are things you should know before you decide which generator to buy. Here is some basic information to help:
A true standby generator is a permanently installed unit wired directly into the electrical panel of your house. For fuel, it’s connected directly to your home’s natural gas or propane supply. It should not be confused with smaller, portable gasoline-powered units.
Standby generators come in a range of sizes, from smaller units designed to power essential circuits all the way up to whole-house models. They run on natural gas, propane or sometimes diesel fuel. Their run-time is limited only by the fuel supply. Naturally, they are more expensive than portable models, but if your area is prone to frequent and long-term power outages, a standby generator is a wise investment.
When making your choice of standby generators, consider these factors:
Fuel availability: Since stand-by generators are usually connected to your home’s heating fuel line, whether gas or propane, it’s important to select a model that will run with that fuel.
Manual or automatic start up: Stand-by generators can be started manually with a start button or you can opt for an auto-start feature. Auto-start models will detect a loss of power and start the generator within 30 seconds.
Location: Standby generators should be mounted on a flat, concrete pad with good drainage, preferably close to the power supply of your house as well.
Wiring: You should never attempt to wire a standby generator yourself; consult a qualified professional.
We hope this information is useful to you. If you have any questions please contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing – the most trusted name for both residential and commercial comfort solutions in the Greater Cleveland area.
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