Florida is a hot spot of severe storms that can leave residents without power for hours and sometimes even days. This is why it is not just convenient but almost essential for residents of Florida to have a home generator. A home generator can provide power to living essentials such as lights, cooking appliances and for the freezer and refrigerator. For those who are on the market or want to know more about home generators, Burley Electrical Services will share the top three things you should know about a home generator.
Safe Use of a Generator
When you want to invest in a generator you must make sure that you provide all the right needs for the generator. For example, if you want the generator stored outdoors you might consider covering it with a canopy. You will want to keep rain water off the generator and the electrical components. However, a generator will also develop carbon dioxide and therefore need plenty of open air to prevent the carbon gases from building up. Additionally, the generator’s outlets must be protected or your generator will not be able to provide power to the home. When using a generator you will want the generator far away from your home. Never have the generator inside a garage or near a home, especially next to a window. As previously mentioned, generators produce a harmful gas that can cause illness and death. Keep the generator away from the household to ensure their safety.
Backfeed Home Generator with Installation of Electrical Transfer Switch
When investing in a generator consider adding a feedback device. A feedback is an electrical device that closes and opens the control loop. This helps to reduce electrical power waste and help the generator perform better. However, it is dangerous for those who are not familiar with electrical systems. If you decide to have a feedback device added, make sure to seek a professional electrician. Lastly, make sure to use a highly rated extension cord to ensure electrical safety. A common misuse is when a homeowner installs a feedback and does not have the correct transfer switch set up. Again make sure to hire an electrician to ensure the electrical system is installed and set up correctly.
What is the Best Generator to Buy for Your Home Use?
When you want a generator and you’re trying to determine which one is right for, consider asking a professional electrician for some guidance. There are many different kinds of generators. For those who will need to rely on generators frequently, such as a Florida resident, you will want a permanently installed generator system. Next to seeking a permanent generator you will need to determine what load size you will need. For some people, they want to live as normal during a power outage which means a very big generator. However, when you want just the basics you can reduce your load demands. To help determine load size ask your electrician. They can better help determine which load size generator you will need.