It may seem drastic to install a generator in your home or business, but it’s not just for natural disasters. A generator has many great benefits and uses that every household and commercial property can benefit from. In this blog, we’ll break down exactly what a generator is and why you should strongly consider installing one.
What is a Generator?
At its most basic, a generator is a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. This process is accomplished by using a rotating coil of wire, called the armature, which is surrounded by stationary magnets. As the armature spins, it cuts through the magnetic field and produces an electrical current. The current is then sent to an external circuit where it can be used to power electric devices.
Generators can be used to produce electricity for both commercial and residential applications. In fact, they are an essential part of the power grid, providing backup power during times of high demand or when the main power source is unavailable. For homeowners, generators can provide much-needed power during blackouts and other emergencies.
Solar panels and wind turbines are two alternative sources of power that can be used to power a generator. Solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy, while wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy. These alternative sources of power are renewable and environmentally friendly.
Benefits of Installing A Generator
There are many benefits to installing and having your own generator, at either your home or business. Some of the advantages of having a generator are:
Safety & Comfort - When the power goes out you won’t have to worry about tripping in the dark or temperatures rising or falling drastically inside your home or business. You’ll be able to keep the lights on and the AC or heat running smoothly.
Reduce Food Waste - Food can be expensive, even more so if it goes to waste. With a generator you won’t have to worry about getting ice to keep your food cool, your fridge will be able to run normally.
Money - While a generator may be a costly purchase up front, the money you save with one is far greater. You’ll be saving your appliance from electrical surges, and can use alternative energy sources with a generator. The latter is a great way to reduce the cost on your energy bills and is great for the environment.
Types of Generators
Our talented team of expert electricians have the expertise and experience to help install a number of different types of generators. Including:
Bi-fuel - This type of generator uses two fuel sources, typically gasoline and propane, to generate electricity. The advantage of using two fuel sources is that it increases the generator's run time and reduces the risk of fuel shortages.
Natural gas - A natural gas generator is a device that converts natural gas into electricity. Natural gas generators are typically used as backup power sources for businesses or as emergency power sources for homes.
Select-circuit - A select-circuit generator, also known as a Demand Response (DR) device, is a type of electrical generator that can be used to provide power to a specific circuit in the event of an outage. The device is typically installed at the distribution level, and is connected to a customer's electrical meter.
Whole-home - As the name suggests, these generators are designed to power an entire home in the event of a power outage. Whole home generators typically run on propane or natural gas, and can be automatically activated in the event of a power outage.
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