Here in the Sunshine State we are all too familiar with losing power during hurricane season. Losing power is not only a significant inconvenience, but can also pose safety concerns for you and your family. To ensure the safety of those you love and to drastically shorten your time without power, a generator can be a reliable solution. Here are some features to consider when searching for the best one:
When seeking out the proper generator for your home, it’s important to know that generators are measured by the number of watts of electrical strength they bring. A generator should also produce brief rushes of something called surge power. Surge power is necessary for just a limited number of seconds to activate a hefty appliance, like a refrigerator. A small-scale generator distributes about 3,000 to 4,000 watts, which is a sufficient amount of energy to power a medium-sized fridge, some appliances, a TV set, and a few lights.
There are other options if you desire a bit more power. You can look into getting a generator with a wattage of up to 5,000 or 6,000 watts, which would allow you to activate a couple of window air conditioners, a cooler, and extra appliances. Bigger generators that supply a wattage of 7,000 to 10,000 watts grant you the ability to operate almost everything in a medium-sized house, except for a main air conditioning system.
A small-scale, mobile generator could have about 12-volt plugs, which is good for your average extension cords. These generators allow you to operate lights and small to medium-sized appliances. If you need to attach the plug into your home through a transfer switch, that would require a four-slotted plug that can deliver the following two voltages: 120 and 240.
Typically, reasonably priced generators operate only on gasoline or diesel fuel, with a fuel tank that has a limited capacity to let the generator run for about two hours. Because the duration of power loss is unpredictable, it’s a good idea to choose a generator that has a large tank equipped to last nearly all night or look for generators that are able to attach to a propane tank. If you’re looking for a reliable generator, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric installs Generac® home backup generators.
Some cheap generators turn on by utilizing a pull rope, which mimics the motion of activating a “vintage” lawn mower. Quality generators are equipped with battery-powered electrical starters. It’s a personal preference as to which start-up method you would prefer to use. Based off of these two start-up methods, pushing a button to turn on a generator versus tugging a rope offers more convenience.
A Generac® generator offers the most start-up convenience because it automatically turns on when the power goes out in your home. Not only is the Generac generator reliable, but Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has certified technicians to get the job done.
Getting a generator can significantly decrease the inconvenience of losing your power by turning the power on at your own discretion rather than waiting for the power lines to go up again. The amount of power, the number and kind of electrical plugs, the kind of fuel that will start the generator, the motor and start-up method are all important things to look at before purchasing a generator.