Finding the Right Backup Generator for Home
A backup generator for home can save you money when the power goes out. The cost to have one installed by an experienced electrician or company is quite high. That's why it's a good idea to learn how to make one on your own. It's not difficult, and even if you don't know what you're doing it can be done in a few hours with the help of a few tools and components from around your house.
The first thing you need to do before attempting to make a home backup generator is to find out the wattage that each of the devices will produce. It's possible to get this information online, in the owner's manual of the equipment or in the owner's manual of the generator itself. Once you have this information you should figure out the amount of watts each of your appliances requires. If you have an air conditioning system at home, you will need the same number of watts in order to run it as well as your lights. Obviously, if you don't have air conditioning then your system will require much less power.
Next, you will need to connect the electrical panels to transfer switches. The transfer switch connects all of the electrical panels to one main generator. You can find transfer switches at any hardware store where home electrical wiring is sold. In most cases, you should assemble all the electrical panels to one box and then plug the transfer switch into one end. This allows all of the panels to become one unit and makes connecting them much easier.
A blackout can occur when the power requirements of several appliances exceed the available power supply from the generator. A blackout will stop most electronic and ventilation appliances from operating. Some instances of a blackout can occur without any external outside influence, such as a storm or a hurricane. A generator that can handle the power requirements of several appliances during a blackout will help avoid blackouts.
After you have determined the number of electrical appliances in your home, you will have an idea of the power requirements for each of those appliances. The next thing that you need to do is figure out how much propane you will need to power each appliance. This information can be found on the package or online from the manufacturer. Most manufacturers state the amount of propane that a backup generator can power based on the maximum capacity of the appliance it is powering. This number is often not very accurate because of variations in appliance temperatures and conditions. If you plan to use a propane tank and there is no way to control the temperature inside of your home, you should purchase a larger tank.
Finally, you will want to figure out the size of the generator that you will need based on the number of people in your family. A small home will require a smaller generator than a large home. Again, this information can be found online or from the retailer where you purchased the generator. A generator designed for a small home will have a smaller engine and more horsepower than a generator designed for a large home.
There are some specific brands of portable generators that are made for certain appliances. While general purpose generators are manufactured by two different companies, the name of the manufacturer will determine the specific brand that you will need to purchase. For example, Woodard generator brands are manufactured by Lennox, and Honda makes their own brand of portable generator called the Honda ignite system. Both of these manufacturers have different models that vary in size, horsepower, and engine capabilities. Each company will have specific specifications for their products, so it is important to know them before making a decision.
When you have decided on the type of generator and the brand that you are interested in, you can begin looking for a unit that will fit your needs. One thing that you may want to consider is purchasing a gas powered portable generator rather than an electric model. Gas powered models have a few advantages over the electric models such as being easier to maintain, and having better fuel efficiency. You can also rest assured that there will be no carbon monoxide leaks or other issues with relying on gas to run your home generator.
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