What You Need To Know About Generators

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We find that many people don’t think about generators until they need one. That is not the best time to make a purchase because you’re operating in “crisis mode.” What you need to know about generators is information you should research and talk about with one of our experienced electrical professionals from Four-O-One Electric. The question of “what kind of generator should I get” is a question we get asked all of the time.

Types of generators

There are two main types of generators:

  1. Portable
  2. Stand-by

Many people are familiar with portable generators. These generators use gasoline and their power ranges from 1 kilowatt (kw) to 10 kw. Choose the range of power necessary to supply the appliances or devices you feel are crucial.

For a small amount of money, usually under $1,000 you can put a generator in the back of your truck, a couple of gas cans, go to your home and power up your refrigerator, freezer, lights, television and maybe a box fan to make it through a power outage.  Once the generator is set up, you run extension cords from the generator directly to the devices you want to power.

When you use a stand-by generator, one of our professionals will visit your home and the generator will be connected directly to it. You won’t have to run cords or carry or store gasoline. A stand-by generator runs off natural gas or propane, meaning that in the event of a power outage you don’t have to make a trip to a gas station and hope it has electricity so you can fill up and run your portable generator.

The power supply for a stand-by generator is higher than a portable, ranging from 7 kw to as high as needed to power the items in your home you need as necessary in a power outage.

Stand-by generators can often supply power to the whole house or critical parts like air conditioning, heating systems, well pumps, sump pumps, internet and major appliances. A stand-by generator turns on automatically when there is a power outage; this is ideal if the power goes out and you are not at home. Once the power is returned, the stand-by generator powers off.

If you’re interested in learning more about stand-by generators contact Four O One Electric today for a FREE on site assessment at Info@401electric.com or 613-342-6042.