These days, many homeowners and businesses cannot afford to simply ride out power outages. Backup generators are becoming more popular as a form of insurance against unpredictable loss of power. As a result, more and more people are installing emergency backup generators to protect their homes – and to keep them warm in the event of a winter power outage.
The concept behind a backup generator is simple. Standby, backup generators are installed outside, like an air conditioning unit. They use an automatic transfer switch which monitors your utility power. When the power goes out, an automatic transfer switch turns the generator on, and automatically shuts it off when power is restored.
Standby backup generators can be connected to your natural gas or propane tank and will generate electricity as long as fuel is supplied. External fuel sources typically include natural gas, diesel or propane.
Residential emergency standby generators are permanently installed outside your home supply electrical power to all pre-selected lights and appliances. Residential models range in power output from 7,000 to 45,000 watts.
For the typical homeowner, a loss of power for an extended period of time can result in the loss of food from the refrigerator and freezer. Replacing spoiled food can be a considerable expense. In addition, a backup generator provides the power to run other appliances and to provide the lighting needed to repair damage or to protect a home and its possessions. Many phone systems today, such as Vonage, require electricity to function. If you only use cell phones, you’ll eventually need a way to recharge them.
Larger, commercial backup power generators range in output from 20kw to 25kw and larger. They are adaptable to a wide range of demanding applications and are designed specifically to maintain an entire business. These systems are hardwired directly into the electrical system and are ready to supply dependable power on demand.
The energy efficiency of the home or building plays a large role in the level of power that a generator must deliver. Proper insulation as well as energy-saving appliances and heating equipment can reduce the overall demand load. This can keep down the size – and cost – of the generator and the fuel required to run the unit.
Choosing the best standby power generator depends on your budget and what you need to keep running when power outages occur or if there is a blackout.
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