You might not have given any thought to buying a generator before but you will when you wind up having an intermittent electrical connection in your area. A generator will be a lifesaver when it comes to power outages. They come in really handy if you don’t have enough juice in your battery backups. However, there’s a lot of generators that you might not know about. Generator units range in size and electrical capacity. They also differ in how they are powered. So what do you need to know when you are in the market for a generator as a means of electrical support?
What would electricians tell you when buying a generator?
There are a number of things that you need to consider. A generator comes in different shapes and sizes. The higher the rated output capacity, the higher the price. It works in that principle. This is a good starting point as generator prices could range anywhere from $200 to $10,000. Basically, there are two varieties that you can choose from. Here they are:
Standby generators – these type of generators are often called whole-house generators. They are installed near a home and is attached directly onto the electrical panel of the house. When the electricity from the grid gets cut off, the generator automatically kicks in to generate electricity. It also shuts off as soon as power from the grid is restored. However, these type of generators are quite expensive. Also, you would need an electrician to have it installed and setup before you could get to use it. Prices go up to the tens of thousands of dollars. They are also significantly larger than emergency or standby generators which we are more familiar with.
Standby or emergency generators – these are the ones that you would normally see people buying. They come in at pretty good prices, compact, portable, and can power enough appliances to ride out the power outage. These could be powered by either gas, diesel, or through solar. Do note that some make and models produce a fair amount of noise. Units that use gas or diesel also produce smoke which is why it is recommended to use them in a well-ventilated area. These generators are also not to be connected to the home’s electrical system. These can only be used through an extension cord.
Before buying a generator for use on your home, be sure to check in with your electrician. It is always best to figure out the proper way to use a generator and the capacity that is most suited for your needs. To be on the safe side of things, here are some tips on proper generator usage:
- Never overload the generator by using too many appliances at once
- Never use the generator in an enclosed space with no ventilation
- Do not top up the generator while the engine is still running
- Do not use the generator in the rain
- Use extension cord for the generator and never plug it in your home’s electrical system
If you want to know what generator is most suited for your home, ask your local expert for help. Professionals like NMB Electrician Pros would know just what you will need.
Work only with professional North Myrtle Beach electricians for all your electrical-related problems.
NMB Electrician Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582