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Generator How Do They Work Video?

Published April 12th, 2021 by Energy Plus Home Improvements


After all these storms did you lose power??

Well don’t worry anymore look into investing in your own stand by generator!

Here are some places that we have installed at are as follows …

Riverdale, MI 48877, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858, Midland MI 48640, Shepherd MI 48883

The Simple steps of a Generator





In the video above it explains in great detail what your generator will do in case of a power outage.

A standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates automatically.

Within seconds of a utility outage an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss,

commands the generator to start and then transfers the electrical load to the generator.

When Permanent Standby Makes Sense

As with any insurance policy, when you buy a backup generator there’s no telling when, or even if, you’ll need it. Whether it’s worth the investment depends on your personal situation, your tolerance for interruptions, and your budget.

If you live in an area with frequent, prolonged outages, rely on electrically powered medical equipment, or work at home and need to stay connected, a backup generator can protect you from a disruption you may not be able to afford.

If you live where hurricanes strike, a generator safeguards family members, especially children and the elderly, against the risks of sweltering heat. If you own a second home, particularly in areas where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, it can protect your property when you’re not around. “A lot of weekenders buy standby generators,” says dealer Chris Sauer, owner of G&G Lawn and Power in Stone Ridge, New York. “It’s a lot more expensive to have your pipes freeze and flood your house than it is to buy a generator.”

If you decide the benefits are worth the cost, here’s how to proceed.

Assess Your Power Needs

Generators are sized according to wattage produced: The more watts, the bigger the unit — and the higher the price tag.

Wattage usage varies from house to house. Your generator supplier or local electrician can do a wattage assessment, or you can ballpark it yourself with an online calculator. You can also get general guidelines from national dealers such as Colorado Standby or Electric Generators Direct.

The next step is deciding what you want your generator to power. At minimum, you can run an “emergency panel” of necessities — say, a central air conditioning unit, the refrigerator, and a handful of lights and outlets. “A 17-kilowatt unit is the standard size for an emergency panel, because it has enough power for a central AC unit,” says Will Ferrigno, owner of Assurance Power in Boca Raton, Florida. If you live in a northern climate with no AC and gas heat, your emergency panel could be as small as 7kW, enough to power some lights, the fridge, and gas furnace.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is a generator with enough wattage to power your whole house. A 3,000-square-foot house with two central air conditioners, an electric range, and a whirlpool tub might require as much as 25kW to 30kW.

A third, newer option is a “load-management system,” a generator that can power everything in your house, just not all at once. Such a system could run that same 3,000-square-foot house with about 20kW, cutting power to nonessential circuits as necessary.

Consult the Right Professionals

Most of the time, your generator supplier will also provide setup service. That’s a good option, because you know the installer will be familiar with your equipment. A less expensive way to go — and your only option if you’ve purchased the generator online — is to hire a plumber to connect the unit to its fuel source (usually propane or natural gas, though some run on diesel) and an electrician to hook it into your house’s power supply. Both should be licensed and certified for the brand of equipment you’re installing and familiar with local codes that govern such things as how close the generator can sit to the house, how big the fuel storage tank can be, and whether you need a permit.

Calculate Your Costs

Prices vary by brand and location (just try buying one in South Florida after a hurricane), but an emergency panel unit of 7kW starts at around $4,500 before installation, while a 17kW unit runs from about $6,000 uninstalled to $12,000 fully set up. A 25kW to 30kW model costs from about $13,000 uninstalled to between $20,000 and $30,000 with installation. The national average for an installed system, according to the “Cost vs. Value Report,” is $12,135.

The type of fuel also affects cost. You may need to plumb for a gas line, for instance, or purchase and install a propane tank. Diesel units come with their own tanks, but diesel fuel is expensive and needs regular treatment so that it doesn’t clog the engine over time. (Even if your generator never kicks in, it will burn about 10 gallons of fuel a year in weekly self-tests.) “Talk to your plumber and your utility company before you buy a generator to make sure you can get an affordable power source,” says Brad Corgill, a technical sales rep at Colorado Standby in Colorado Springs.

Once you’re set up, you won’t have to worry about being stuck in the dark or freezing cold again. What’s more, a standby generator can add to your home’s value, which should make you feel doubly warm all over.

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