Getting Ready For A New Generator
Bad weather, poor connections, or even just living in a location that is prone to storms are all good reasons to consider a generator. Not only can a generator keep your home or business powered up during even the worst of situations, it can add value to your property investment.
Before you install your new generator, there are a few steps you must consider. Unless you happen to a licensed electrician who has familiarity with installing generators, you may want to contact a professional for this job—your home, business, and family’s safety is worth it! At EM Generators, we are happy to meet with our clients for consultations, questions, and installations.
Here are a few things that you can expect during the process of getting your new generator:
1. Determine your load size. Alongside the expert advice of an electrician, you will need to determine what sorts of things your generator will power. While you might want everything in your house to light up and work just like it does the rest of the time, this is usually not realistic, as the cost of fuel usage and the constraints of fuel delivery can become quite a burden. Some of the most important things to keep working include the refrigerator, water heater, sump pump, and lights in common areas.
2. Install a transfer switch. Even though a generator may physically be capable of plugging into a regular wall outlet, this can create a dangerous situation for household members and utility workers. A transfer switch will disconnect your home from the regular power grid and ensure everyone’s safety.
3. Choose an installation site for your generator. In order to reduce the danger of carbon monoxide, your generator should be at least ten feet from your home in a well-ventilated area. It must be kept safe from children, pets, and any livestock. Finally, your generator must be in a convenient place for refueling. Consult your generator installer for suggestions!
4. Practice running your new generator. You don’t want the first time you use your generator to be in the middle of the night, in the middle of the storm, when it will inevitably be cold, wet, and your flashlight might not work as well as you hope. During installation, ask your installer to demonstrate the proper steps for running your generator if you have never owned one before, or if you are unfamiliar with the model you have purchased. Practice on your own at least twice a year—this will also be a great time to make sure everything is running smoothly.
How Do Backup Generators Work?
Have you ever been stuck in the middle of a storm or power outage for days, wishing you could just heat up a can of soup? Or what about the food in your freezer—is it melting, yet? Power outages can cause huge losses, but many of these losses can be reduced with a backup generator.
In normal circumstances, your home is powered by electricity from the local utility company. However, when this is interrupted, you are left in the dark, and often, in the cold. A backup generator uses fuel to create electricity instead. This provides you with a backup power option that can power your home.
Some backup generators are fully automated. This means, whether you are at home, sleeping peacefully, or away on vacation, your generator will turn itself on and preserve the electrical needs of your house without you having to assist. Some generators, such those produced by Kohler, can even be equipped with what is known as an “OnCue Generator Management System.” This system will send you a text to let you know if your power is out, if your generator needs maintenance, and if your generator is running. Consult your EM Generators professional for more on this high-tech option!
Home generators are very reliable and safe. When installed by a professional electrician and generator dealer, you can trust that they will provide electricity to your home for many years to come.
How A Commercial Generator Can Help Your Business
The loss of power can destroy refrigeration units, heating equipment, and other critical investments during a power outage. For homeowners, this could mean hundreds of dollars of spoiled food and a lot of inconvenience. For a business owner, it could mean thousands of dollars in lost inventory and even more lost in terms of customer satisfaction and loyalty.
One of the ways to avoid this problem is through the use of a generator. Most commercial generators include single- or three-phase power, voltage selection, and total power output options. Compared with the more common home generator, commercial generators typically require a greater surge capability.
It is also important to consider your industry’s requirements for standby power. Healthcare fields have strict regulations regarding emergency power, as many patients are supported by electrical machines. Data centers must meet certification levels for backup power, as these centers are often the first point of contact during a power emergency.
Consult with your EM Generator professional to find out the requirements for your industry and to keep your business running smoothly!