Standby Home Generators

By: Matt Oliver

Power outages are inconvenient and can cause many problems for homeowners. Violent storms and other types of bad weather can cause these power outages, making them very common. To avoid this problem people are installing standby home generators. With a standby home generator enough power can be restored to your home to live a relatively normal life during this crucial time.

Standby home generators are permanent. They are installed outside the home and activate just like a central air conditioning system, but instead of turning on when it's warm inside, they turn on when sensing the loss of electricity. This type of generator is much more commanding than one that is portable, supplying power to a much larger amount of circuits.

When a blackout occurs, the standby home generator automatically activates itself and starts delivering electricity to circuits that have been selected by the homeowner. The machine is able to perceive when power has been lost, through the emergency load center and transfer switch. When this is sensed the generator starts, and begins supplying service to the home. This powering system has an engine and runs off of LP or natural gas. The generator is attached to the gas line and through this produces electricity.

Depending on what is chosen to be powered, a standby generator can sustain up to twelve circuits. It can give energy to light the living room or kitchen, to power the furnace, or even to keep heating and cooling systems running.

The generator will run once per week, for only a few minutes, to ensure that the system is working correctly. Having the generator run, even when there is not a power outage, also accommodates the need to keep the engine lubricated.

Standby home generators are tailored to the needs of homeowners that require the benefits of home comfort systems. Having one of these systems can really serve as quite the convenience when dealing with the difficulty of a power outage.

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