Here at PECO Heating & Cooling, our team offers installation and maintenance services for standby generators throughout Oconee, Pickens, and North Anderson counties. Most homes and families rely on electricity for the majority of their daily activities, so having backup generators in the event of a power outage is a very good idea.
When installing a backup generator, there are a number of factors homeowners need 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 wants to power in the event of an outage; increased power will require a larger model. Larger generators cost more to purchase and operate, due to 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. 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, quietly, and efficiently. If your house uses a furnace for heat, you’ll be able to power more items. Propane’s limitation is the price of propane itself and the size of the tank.
- Diesel: Diesel is more expensive to install and maintain than propane and the fuel also has a shorter shelf life (a 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 that’s relatively inexpensive to install. They have several electrical outlets which can provide sufficient power for your refrigerator, some lights, and even a blower for various types of furnaces. Gasoline generators are ideal for homeowners who need a portable generator.
These are some brief examples of the different types of generators to help give you an idea of what’s available. Be sure to contact our team to help determine what’s best for you.
Electrical requirements: Most standby generators come with an automatic transfer switch, which 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 portable gasoline generators. Our trained electricians have intimate knowledge of installing any type of transfer switch to your home.
Since many homes have 400A electric services, you only want the bare minimum working on generator power. There are many considerations and questions you’ll need to ask yourself; most importantly, “What would I like to run when there’s 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, as well as a few lights and a TV.
Do you already have a standby generator installed? It’s important to know that it requires regular maintenance, just like your HVAC system. Our technicians offer comprehensive maintenance services that will keep your home’s backup power supply will be in good working order!
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Generator installation and maintenance isn’t something that should be handled on your own; they require skilled knowledge and experience. Whether you’d like a backup generator installation, you need advice on which one to choose for your home, or if you already have one and need generator maintenance, always choose reliable professionals whose skill you can trust.