In light of the Super Storms we have seen over the course of the past few years, many people are purchasing generators for their homes and many more are talking about generators. While our ancestors
may have lived without heat, electricity and hot water times have changed and these things are really no luxury, they are a necessity.
Where can we send out clients for generator information and advice?
The first place would be the local lumber yard, hardware store or a local electrician. Any one of these resources should be able to help with your initial questions. Ask plenty of questions, you want to make sure the generator you are buying is the one you need. Generators come in various sizes depending on their intended use. A small portable model can be used with an extension cord to power a few lights and your refrigerator to keep food from spoiling. But is this enough for you? As the generators grow larger they are capable of being integrally attached to your home wiring systems, and some can be made so that they are fully automatic. With these larger models, when the power goes off there is about a 15 second delay and the generator starts itself and transfers the power to the home. When the power comes back, it will automatically shut itself off too.
How long will generators supply power?
The generators duration will all vary, but with an average home and a 500 gallon propane tank, if you use your generator wisely, it can last you for days and days. You really shouldn’t run it 24 hours.
How much do they cost?
Want to know what you might expect to pay for a generator? It all depends on what you decide you will need, you could spend roughly $500 for a small one that could be used for a few circuits or with an extension cord and from there the prices rise to in the area of $30,000. An automatic system for an average home should be in the $5,000 – 7,000 range with all of the needed parts and installed. If an automatic generator is installed by a supplier, an electrician can run through the operation and maintenance.
How much gas do these generators require?
Generally, the smaller units require gasoline but the larger automatic ones are connected directly to your propane tank or natural gas line. The amount of gas needed really depends on the unit size and how much power they are generating. We would recommend keeping your tank full at all times or if there is a chance of bad weather or power outage why not go before and have 10 gallons in storage so you are always ready.
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