When power lines are down, home generators can come in handy to homeowners everywhere.

Generators restore energy to a home during a power outage, which can be caused by severe weather storms. A generator is an important investment in your energy security. 

There are a lot of dangers that can come with generators, as it can lead to electrocution or fire. Knowing the basics and how to properly start or install a home generator is important for the safety of all homeowners.

Generator Safety

Generators should always be operated outdoors in an area with ample ventilation, never use a generator in a home or garage. This is important  for the safety of you and your family, as generators release carbon monoxide. 

Just like most electrical things, generators don’t mix well with water. Typically, power outages occur during or after storms, so it is important to keep your generator dry and out of reach of water.

Placing your generator on a dry surface under an open canopy area is a great idea to ensure safety to you and your home. 

When fueling your generator, make sure it is turned off and cool. Also, do not plug your generator into the wall to avoid back feed, and make sure to use heavy duty extension cords when plugging in appliances. 

Lastly, it is important that your generator is turned on before turning on any appliances or lights. Since generators are for temporary use only, it is important to prioritize what you want/need turned on, as you don’t want to overload your generator all at once. 

Types of Generators. 

There are three types of home generators to consider when deciding what you need. Elite Electric Company can install and maintain each of the following generator types.

Portable Generator

These generators are small but powerful. They are fueled by gasoline or propane, and are easily portable. When using a portable generator, you’ll need a manual transfer switch that allows you to direct energy from the generator to your electrical panel. 

Standby Generators

These generators are also fueled by gasoline or propane, but are large and stationary. Usually these generators power on by itself once your home’s power turns off.

Commercial or Large Residential Generators

Large-scale generators are basically the same as standby generators, but much bigger, ensuring your business or home continue running smoothly.

When determining which generator you need, it is smart to add up all the power requirements of your appliances and devices you want to use. The label on the device or appliance should have that information, if you cannot find the information Elite Electric professional will be able to help. 

How Elite Electric Company can help

Elite Electric Company installs and maintains emergency power solutions ranging from portable, standby, and large-scale standby generators. Contact us today to describe your backup power needs, and we will help you select the right option for your budget and needs.