Home Generator Installation
Power outages are rarely convenient so protect your family with the installation of a power generator that will keep your family and possessions safe and secure. Typically referred to as a home generator, a residential power generator will allow your family to depend on essential appliances during an interruption in the power supply. Through the use of a small engine, generators for the home that produce electricity can power everything from just a few critical items to an entire house. Martella Electric has extensive experience in guiding homeowners in the selection and use of standby generators for home use.
Emergency Generators: Critical Uses
Traditionally many homeowners have considered the installation of a home generator an unnecessary luxury, however recent events have proven that stand by generators are much more than a simple convenience. Severe storms such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have proven that extended power outages can have a crippling effect on households of all types. Just a few of the functions that would be interrupted include:
- Medical Equipment/Stairlifts
- Water Wells/Pumps
- Home Businesses
- Heating & Cooling
- Sump Pumps
- Sewage Ejectors
Clearly an occasional power outage is a little more than an inconvenience, however an extended disruption can have dramatic effects on not only the medically infirm, but also households that require electricity for critical operational functions. As a result, emergency power generators have become much more of a serious consideration for the prepared homeowner.
Types of Home Generators
Home power generators can be broken down into two basic types, each of which has their own set of benefits and drawbacks. Generally, the primary differences in each focus on portability, fuel type and capacity. To best understand the best option for your home, consider these basics:
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As the name implies, portable generators can be moved between locations. Normally less expensive than stationary alternatives, moveable generators have a wide range of capacities that can power as few or as many devices as needed. Some of the biggest differences possessed by portable generators include:
- Less Expensive
- Requires Manual Start
- Limited Run Time
Permanently installed systems that include a direct connection to a permanent fuel source are known as stationary or backup generators. Better suited for long term power disruptions, standby generators can provide continuous power for extended periods of time. A few of the biggest differentiating factors are:
- More Expensive
- Not Moveable
- Automatic Operation
- Direct Connection to Electrical System
- Continuous Operation
- Greater Capacity
Selecting a Home Generator: Considerations
When considering the purchase of a power generator for your home, there are quite a few factors that must be considered to find the right option for your home. At Martella Electric, we’ve helped countless families settle on a choice that has proven to be the best for their application. Among the many factors that you should consider are:
Use – Power generators come in many shapes and sizes, so its use must be carefully considered. If you anticipate using a backup generator for tasks like camping as well as emergency power supply, you will need to consider a portable unit. Alternatively, if you want dedicated power on which you can depend, stationary residential generators are probably the best option.
Automation – Typically power outages occur during severe weather, so automatic operation is a big consideration. Portable generators require manual set-up and operation, while stationary units essentially work automatically. When selecting a home power system, this should be considered.
Power Demands – When selecting the best residential generator for your home, it’s important to consider your power demands. Will you simply want to power basics like a refrigerator and lights, or are the critical systems like sump pumps, hvac units or medical equipment? If you’d like to estimate your needs, we’ve found this Wattage Calculator from Consumer Reports that will help you estimate the demands you’ll place on your emergency generator.
Connection – Regardless of which type of power generator you select, it’s important to think about how the resulting electricity is delivered to your home. Smaller portable generators will simply use extension cords, however larger portable units and stationary power generators should be integrated into your home’s power system with a professionally installed transfer switch. This will not only protect your generator, but also the equipment within your home.
Fuel (Type and Fuel Storage) – Whichever type of home power system you’re considering, you must think through how you will fuel the unit. Smaller power generators typically run on gasoline and can use roughly eight to 22 gallons per day; there are also portable units that run on Propane, which can use four to eight 20 pound tanks per day. Stationary models normally connect directly to natural gas and can run almost indefinitely. Ultimately, the management of fuel for home power generators must be considered to ensure that your unit is up and functional when you need it.
Contact Martella Electric for Help with Home Generators
Selecting and installing the right home power generator system for your home can be somewhat complex, so contact Martella Electric. We have extensive experiences in generator installation and we’ll be happy to help you research, select and install the system that’s best for you.