Selecting Generators For Standby Power

Are you prepared for power outages? High winds, soaking rains and lightening are just a few of the things that can cause power outages and you never know when you’ll be left for hours or even days without a power source. When emergencies strike, it’s good to have a backup generator to fall back on.
Generators are designed to give you access to an alternate power source until the electricity is restored. Before you buy a generator, you’ll need to decide which type would suit your needs the best, the stationary or portable type. To decide this, you first need to determine where and how you plan to use it.

Stationary Generators
Stationary generators are normally used in businesses and very large, expensive homes. These provide the most comfort because you can continue to run all of the appliances in your home as usual as long as you supply the diesel fuel. This is the most expensive type of generator you can buy but you can’t beat the benefits.

These must be installed in a location near the main electrical panel because they need to be connected together. You have the option of programming these to turn on and off automatically when the power fails and when it’s restored or you can turn them on and off manually during a power outage. They’re designed with a cooling system and an exhaust system.

Portable Generators
The portable generator is designed for temporary or short-term use and they come in a very wide range of prices from the affordable to the very expensive. These are used at construction sites and in other remote areas where there is no other power source available. Many homeowners also use these during power outages.

Portable generators will use gas or diesel depending on the size you buy. Some are small enough to carry with one hand while others require a trailer or truck to move from one location to another. The size of the generator will also determine how much power it supplies and how many 120V outlets it has. Since generators produce carbon monoxide, you must keep them outside and away from windows when in use.

If your area is prone to outages due to bad weather or any other reason, you can be prepared when you choose the right generator for your needs. Whichever type you choose, make sure it will cover the peak power requirement of the appliance or appliances you plan to hook to it.
Visit Eco Power Supplies to learn more about generators to help you determine which type would suit your needs the best.

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