Generators are a Necessity

When you live in an intense weather area such as Fort Smith you feel lucky when you escape severe damage, and of course, you should. Yet, what about what happens in the aftermath, such as losing electricity? Perhaps that is one reason why owning a home standby generator is more of a necessity now than the luxury it used to be.

Perhaps people shouldn’t worry about how often the power goes out, but should be concerned about the effects of the outage. For example, without emergency generators, security systems can falter, basements may flood, and home businesses may fail. Even just one power outage may result in thousands of dollars worth in damages.

Obviously, many homeowners and businesses cannot afford to simply ride out power outage after power outage. So, many business owners are installing emergency standby generators in record numbers to protect their investments. Similarly, a homeowner is protecting his or her family by installing a home standby generator that is capable of running the necessary appliances. Only to be installed by a qualified electrical contractor.

The concept is really very simple. Standby generators are installed outside and will operate just like a central conditioner with two differences. Instead of using a thermostat, they use an automatic transfer switch which monitors your utility power. When it goes out, the automatic transfer switch turns it on, whether you are at home or not, and automatically shuts it off when the power is restored.

The other difference between standby or emergency gas generators and air conditioning is that the a/c runs off electric motors, which obviously will not work during a power outage; so standby generators have engines instead. The systems can be connected to your natural gas or propane tank and will generate electricity as long as fuel is supplied.

The basic home standby generator starts at approximately 7 kilowatts and while that will not power the entire house it will generate enough electricity to see you safely through a power outage. One of these standby emergency generators will have no problem generating enough electricity to ensure that you can get any individual appliance working.

Actually you can get all but one appliance to work and that exception is the air conditioner. A 4 ton air conditioning unit will need at least a 13 kilowatt standby generator and if you have a 5 ton unit it will require at least a 16 kilowatt generator. If you need another less expensive alternative, then you should consider purchasing a small standby generator and a window air conditioning unit to be used only during a power outage.

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