With the recent east coast blackout and rolling blackouts in California, home generators have become a great alternative for people looking to keep the lights on, keep computers working, or protect food in the refrigerator. In addition, a home generator can be quite helpful in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane, earthquake, or fire. This article will explain the types of home generators that are available and will also explain how home generators are most frequently used.
Home generators can be used as an alternative source of power in the event of an emergency. However, there are many different types of home generators. The first thing to think about is that many home generators product "raw power" or power that cannot be directly used in certain electronics (computers, microwaves, etc) without shorting out the electronic device. It is always best to obtain a generator that produces "clean power" or power that has a wave that is similiar to the power from the power company. If you purchase a "raw power" generator you can purcahse a power line converter to convert the power type from raw to clean.
Before you use a home generator, be sure to check with the people that make the generator as well as a skilled electrician before setting up a generator system in your home. Electricians will be able to make all of the necessary power calculations and help you set up your home generator system so that you will not start a fire or hurt anything. In addition, the electrician should be familiar with all of the laws in your state regarding the use of a home generator.
There are a number of different types of home generators. The most common are generators that run on gas - these generators use gas a fuel and burn it to create power. They are also very loud and should not be run indoors or in an area that is not well ventilated because they produce harmful emissions like carbon monoxide. Many large stores like home depot carry these home generators for less than $500. This can make having a home generator an attractive prospect, especially if you are in an area where you are prone to loosing power. Other, more expensive generators produce more power or have additional control features. Many of the more costly one product "clean power" as well.
When you are looking at generators, you should be sure to make sure that the generator is powerful enough to power the equipment that you were looking to power. In addition each generator is usually measured in watts so that you can know how much power it produces. Here, again, be sure to check with a trained electrician since electricians can make the power and watt calculations easily. The key is to make sure the generator can easily handle the peak load that you anticipate putting on it.
Clearly home generators are a good back up for your traditional wall outlets. You may want to get an electrician to install the generator so that you can throw a switch to switch over power generation to the home generator.