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Standby Backup Generator Installation in Harrison, OH
Home generators can be a valuable asset for homeowners, providing a reliable source of backup power in the event of a power outage or emergency situation. Whether you need to power essential appliances like your fridge and freezer, or you just want to keep your lights on and stay connected to the outside world, a home generator can help keep you and your family comfortable and safe. When it comes to choosing a home generator, there are several factors to consider.
Standby Backup Generators vs. Portable Generators
Standby backup generators are stationary generators that are permanently installed and wired into a building’s electrical system. They are designed to automatically start and provide power to the building when the main power source is interrupted, such as during a power outage. Standby generators are typically larger and more powerful than portable generators, and they are often used to power essential systems in commercial and industrial buildings, as well as in residential homes.
Portable generators, on the other hand, are smaller and designed to be easily transported. They are typically powered by gasoline, diesel, or propane, and they can be used to provide temporary power for various applications, such as outdoor events, construction sites, or for emergency backup power during a power outage. Portable generators are not permanently installed and are not connected to a building’s electrical system. They are generally less powerful than standby generators and are not meant to power an entire building or large appliances.
The size of the standby generator needed depends on the wattage requirements of the appliances and devices you want to power. For example, a fridge might require 500 watts, while a microwave might need 1,000 watts. It’s a good idea to make a list of the items you want to power and their wattage requirements, then add up the total wattage to determine the size of the generator you need. (See below for the difference between surge wattage and running wattage.)
Another factor to consider is the fuel type. Most standby generators run on propane or natural gas. Propane is a clean-burning fuel that is easy to store, but it can be more expensive. Natural gas is a cost-effective fuel option, but you’ll need to have a natural gas line installed in your home to use it.
Automatic Transfer Switch
If you’re planning on using your standby generator during a power outage, you’ll also want to consider an automatic transfer switch (ATS). This is a device that automatically switches your home’s electrical system from the grid to the generator when the power goes out. This ensures that your generator will kick in as soon as the power goes out, without you having to manually switch it on.
In addition to the initial purchase price, you’ll also want to consider the ongoing maintenance costs of your home generator. Generators require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly, including checking and changing the oil, cleaning the air filter, and replacing the spark plugs. Make sure you understand the maintenance requirements of the generator you choose, and set aside time to perform these tasks regularly.
Safety is also an important consideration when it comes to home generators. Generators produce carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly if inhaled. A trained installation technician will be able to help with placement of a standby generator. To ensure your safety, never use a portable generator indoors or in an attached garage. Make sure that portable generators are placed in a well-ventilated area, and follow all the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
Surge Wattage vs. Running Wattage
Start-up wattage, also known as surge wattage or peak wattage, is the amount of power a device or appliance needs to start up or turn on. This is typically higher than the running wattage, which is the amount of power the device or appliance needs to operate continuously.
For example, a refrigerator might have a start-up wattage of 1,500 watts, but a running wattage of 500 watts. This means that when the refrigerator is first turned on, it will require 1,500 watts of power to start up, but once it is running, it will only require 500 watts to continue operating.
It’s important to consider both start-up wattage and running wattage when determining the size of the generator you need. If you only consider the running wattage, you might end up with a generator that is too small to power certain appliances or devices when they are first turned on. On the other hand, if you only consider the start-up wattage, you might end up with a generator that is much larger and more expensive than you actually need.
To determine the size of the generator you need, it’s a good idea to make a list of the appliances and devices you want to power, along with their start-up wattage and running wattage. Add up the total wattage for each item to get a sense of the overall power demand you’ll be placing on your generator. This will help you choose a generator that is appropriately sized for your needs.
In conclusion, standby backup generators can be a valuable addition to any home, providing a reliable source of backup power in case of an outage or emergency situation. Whether you need to power essential appliances or just want to keep your lights on and stay connected to the outside world, there’s a home generator to suit your needs. Just be sure to consider factors like size, fuel type, automatic transfer switches, maintenance, and safety when making your decision.
Valentino Contracting takes immense pride in partnering with Generac, a leader in the industry, to deliver top-notch quality and reliable power solutions. Our licensed technicians are skilled in evaluating your household’s needs to find the perfect generator fit. With the expertise to be trusted, Valentino Contracting ensures proper sizing, installation, and adherence to high standards.
Generac generators are designed for quiet operation, proven reliability, and can run for extended durations. They automatically respond to power outages, restoring electricity within seconds, even if you’re not on-site. As pioneers in the industry, these generators offer safety, durability, and long-lasting performance.
For more information on the benefits and peace of mind offered by a permanently installed solution, contact Valentino Contracting at (513) 378-3780. We provide free estimates and comprehensive services, including annual maintenance and repair of all makes and models. As a family-owned and locally-operated business, we’re available 24/7 for emergency response.