As a certified Generac Generator dealer, our electricians are factory trained and certified to install and service Generac Generators.
We want to help homeowners be confident in their decision to purchase a Generac generator so we have compiled a list of FAQs!
Who is Generac?
Since 1959, Generac has been designing and manufacturing backup power generators for residential, commercial and industrial applications. They have grown to be the world’s largest provider of residential backup generators, selling five times as many generators as all of the other competitors combined. Generac’s broad product line is available through the industry’s largest network of independent generator dealers (ie. Transworld, Inc. Electrical Contractors), retailers and wholesalers.
Why should I buy an automatic backup generator instead of a portable generator?
During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:
- The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
- With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
- Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and does not need to be refilled.
- They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
- They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.
What is an automatic backup generator?
An automatic backup generator is a back up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.
Do I need a whole-house generator?
When the power to your home fails a whole home generator will kick in automatically providing you with continuous power to essential appliances. Many people can live without lights in the bedroom, but have you considered that no electricity in your home means:
- Food spoils in the refrigerator.
- Basements can flood because sump pumps stop working.
- Water may stop flowing if you are on a well pump; worse still, sewage may back-up into the house if you have a septic pump.
- The heat shuts off even if you use natural gas, propane, or oil. No electricity means those devices won’t work either.
- Security – you are sitting, possibly alone, in a dark home. Security systems will start to fail after just a few hours.
- Telephones fail or worse, you can’t charge your cell phones or tablets.
- Excessive heat. Who likes living in a home with no air conditioning, no fans, and no cool drinks while waiting for the power to be restored?
- Medical needs. Do you care for someone who may need electricity for health reasons or is weakened and can not handle extremes of temperature?
If you experience occasional power outages, you are a good candidate for a home generator.
Do I need to add fuel to the generator?
No, whole home generators run on the home’s heat source, typically natural gas or propane.
What size do I need?
The size of the generator is directly related to the electrical load. Our professionals can work alongside homeowners to help determine their unique homes electrical load requirements.
How big is the generator?
Generators are actually quite small. Air cooled units (up to 20 kW) take a 3’ x 5’ mounting area and are nominally 2’ wide, 4’ long and about 2.5’ tall. Liquid cooled units are a about a foot longer in each direction.
How loud is a whole home generator?
It depends on the unit, but typically they are no louder than an air-conditioner compressor.
We hope this helps to answer some of your questions about installing a automatic backup Generac Generator!
If you need additional assistance, give us a call!