With ever increasing power outages due to power grid problems, natural disasters, and general power service interruptions, more and more homeowners are turning to back up standby generators. In the past, the ability to have uninterrupted power supply was seen as the privilege for the rich but this is no the case today. Austin just like San Francisco is a country that is prone to having earthquakes and as a result, people are increasingly buying more and more standby generators. People know they will have to be living on their own for extended periods of time.
Perhaps it may be a good thing to explain what led to the development of standby generators. Generally, a standby generator unit is made up of a generator placed outside the house and which looks like an air conditioner. A generator is majorly located near the main electrical panel of the house.The other important thing to note is that generators should be placed on a stable ground and that is why they are installed on a cemented ground. For the generator to be automatic it has to be connected to the main electrical unit by using a transfer switch. The transfer switch acts as a traffic cop. when electricity is being supplied well without interruptions, the transfer switch routs power from the main electrical panel. However, in instances whereby, electrical power supply is interrupted, the transfer switch automatically switches on power from the generator and hence ensuring continual flow of electricity. For the system to be complete, the power transfer has to be automatic. You don’t have to do anything or be around for the emergency system to do its job. The other important aspect is that this system of power supply can be sized in order to cover some parts of your home to cover all the areas in your home.
Where does standby generator power come from? There are some major source of gas and this include natural gas, diesel as well as propane gas. The most common application for residential use is propane gas (LP…think BBQ tank). A tank of propane gas is able to power a large house for about five days.
Some of us may not be convinced on why they need to buy a standby generator. Here in earthquake country, we might go without power for days or possibly a week or longer in a large earthquake. apart from earthquakes,storms and fires can cause multi day power outage. Having backup power will allow your house and family to operate normally. It is not pleasant to live without electricity for a day leave alone for a number of days. Power loss may lead to security breaches for unwanted people to get into your house as well as loss as a result of food going bad.