Here at PECO Heating & Cooling, our team offers installation and repair services for standby generators throughout Oconee, Pickens, and North Anderson counties. Most homes and families rely on electricity for most of their daily activities, so having backup generators in the event of a power outage is a very prudent choice.
When installing a backup generator, there are a number of factors that the homeowner needs to consider.
The size of a generator isn’t necessarily determined by its physical size, but by its electricity output, which is measured in kilowatts (kW). The output will vary based on how much of the home a resident wishes to power in the event of an outage and increased power will require a larger model. Larger generators cost more to purchase and operate, due to an increased fuel usage.
TYPES OF GENERATORS
- Natural gas or Propane: Natural gas is the most affordable and the best option if your house has access to it. The standby generators can be switched over onsite between natural gas or propane – no need to change it out or replace internal parts. They run cleanly, quiet and efficiently. If your house uses a furnace for heat, more items can be powered. Propane’s limitation is price of propane and size of the tank.
- Diesel: More expensive to install and maintain than propane, the fuel also has a shorter shelf life (couple of years at best). It does, however, have the convenience of being able to simply pour more fuel into the tank if you need to run the generator longer than expected. Diesel generators are suitable for large commercial applications only.
- Gasoline: A small, portable, and less expensive type of generator and relatively inexpensive to install. They have several electrical outlets which can provide sufficient power for your refrigerator, some lights, and even a blower in various types of furnaces for heat. Gasoline generators are ideal for homeowners looking for a portable generator.
These are just brief explanations of types of generators to help give you an idea, be sure to contact our team to help determine what’s best for you.
Electrical requirements: The most of the standby generators come with an automatic transfer switch. This device will automatically switch the power to the generator during a power outage. There are manual transfer switches as well, but those are most commonly used for the portable gasoline generators. Our trained electricians have intimate knowledge for installing any type of transfer switch to your home. Since many homes have 400A electric services or you only want the bare minimum working on generator power. Many considerations and questions you will need to ask yourself is “what would I like to run when there is a power outage” The standard 22kW generators can power many items, even HVAC equipment, however the smaller portable units can only power a few important items like refrigerators and freezers plus a few lights and a TV.
If you already have a standby generator installed did you know it needs maintenance just like your HVAC system? You will be happy to learn that our professionals offer comprehensive maintenance services that will be sure to get your homes backup power supply will be in good working order!
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Generators are not something that should be handled unless you are skilled and experienced in dealing with them, installing or repairing them is not a do-it-yourself project. Whether you don’t have a standby generator and would like a backup generator installation, or you need advice on what you need, or if you already have one and need generator maintenance, make sure you contact reliable professionals whose skill you can trust.
Be sure to come to the team at PECO Heating & Cooling for all your generator related needs. Proudly Serving the Home Repair needs for Central, Clemson, Six Mile, Seneca, Anderson, Sunset, Salem and the surrounding area.
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