A generator is very important if you have a zero tolerance for power
outages. Needs like working from home, away for extended periods, or
need to maintain property protection such as security lighting and
alarms, ﬂooding control, refrigeration, and especially maintaining a
controlled environment while caring for elders.
From nor'easters to hurricanes, we've
learned to expect extreme weather here in New England. But when it comes
to extended power loss, few are prepared! When your home’s power goes
out so do things like the furnace, sump pump, water heater,
refrigerator, lights, and more. Not to mention other items that require
electricity, like your television, air conditioner or OMG, your laptop
So, if you have a zero tolerance for
power outages, a backup home generator is a prudent choice. But before
you jump in the car and head to your favorite home store, it's best to
let an expert like Wendell Peterson to guide you. You'll need to
consider fuel source, capacity and installation to ensure that the
generator will adequately service your home.
1. Identifying the fuel type.
Standby generators up to 22kW will use
mostly be either natural gas (NG) or liquid propane (LP), but if you're
looking for a generator that runs on diesel, you'll need to step up to a
liquid-cooled whole-house type that could cost considerably more.
You'll need an experienced plumber to connect to a fuel source.
2. Next you need to determine the size of the generator.
The size of the generator depends on
what critical home systems you need to support and how many. Air
Conditioners, Refridgerators and large appliances all factor in. There
are several different brands that we recommend including Winco, Kohler
and Briggs and Stratton. These systems can be sized to run a few
critical circuits, or the whole house. We have 8KW through 20KW (the
common residential sizes) up to commercial sizes of 300KW. * An
advantage to the Briggs brand is the UL listing approving installation
of the generator as close as 18” from a combustible surface. They do
not require a pad, and may save the cost of trenching to bury the piping
I work closely with East Coast Power
Products to ensure that any size option can be accomodated. Mike from
East Coast Power Products is a Ford/ Kubota/ Winco/ Kohler and Briggs
Dealer, and Engine Warranty repair expert. They know these systems
inside and out!
3. Electrical - Transfer Switch
Just like a light bulb needs a switch
to turn on, your generator needs one too. An automatic transfer switch
(ATS) allows your generator to automatically spring into action the
moment a power failure is detected. It does this by continuously sensing
utility power and after an outage is detected, it simultaneously starts
the engine and disconnects power coming from the line and energizes
your home's panel through generator power.
Getting the right switch is just as
crucial as getting the right generator as they work together to restore
lost power. In order to know which will work for you, you'll need to
know the amperage of your electrical service panel. This is where I come
in! I am an experienced licensed Electrician that will work closely
with you and East Coast Power to ensure that when a power outage occurs
you and your family will be safe.
About Wendell Peterson
Wendell Peterson provides a high
quality electrical install at a competitive rates, and with East Coast
Power Products, above average care after the sale. I look forward to
being your Electrical Contractor of choice for generator and all
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