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Generator Purchase Be Prepared – Sept. 2011

September 8, 2011

With the summer of 2011 winding down I thought what better time than now to touch base on the hottest topic in the trade. As we all know the recent storm damage from Irene left many people without power for hours if not days. Some may have prepared for this with having a portable/manual generator or others with a whole house/automatic generator both being great when your power has been knocked out. With the automatic start standby generator having the greatest benefit of not having to start manually and not having to refuel on a 3-4 hour basis. We had many requests before, during, and after the storm for providing or setting up a generator as you could expect.

You can read my blog post here for more information about generators themselves:

https://caronelectric.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/generators-dont-be-left-in-the-dark/

The 3 biggest questions you should ask yourself when you’re looking to add backup power to your home are the following:

1) What items in your home are vital to your needs. Some may answer this with the simple necessities like the fridge, stove, heat/ac, and one or two rooms would suffice. Others may have Critical Care equipment in the home or a home based business that at any point in time can not disrupted and in those instances the entire home may be required to be on the backup power. As with many homes in New England you may have a sump pump or well system that must be powered during an outage. Consider all of these things when reviewing your home. The amount of power you will need will directly affect the size of the generator that will be required. Prepare a list of your required equipment to be powered so the sizing can be done properly.

2) What fuel source do you expect to power the generator with? Your choices for standby/automatic start generators are either Natural Gas (preferred by most due to direct connection) or Propane (requires installation of a tank on site done by your fuel company) finally the last option used on most portable manual start generators is Gasoline. When the generator is tied into your existing natural gas connection its a hands free fuel source you will never have to worry about it running dry, if tied into a Propane tank you must check to assure your tank is full and ready if the generator is called upon. Lastly if gasoline is used you must go out every few hours and refill the generator tank to keep it operational. Know what fuel source you expect to use and if your prepared to have to manually start it or if you would prefer an automatic start hands free generator.

3) The cost of course and what is your budget? If you answered the 2 questions above first it will allow you to understand better what you should budget for the project. The more items you need powered the larger generator required to do so. The fuel source you decided will dictate what options are available and if you want to be responsible for fueling and starting the unit yourself. Obviously the portable manual start generators are going to be the cheapest route but come with the least amount of hands free operations and are usually sized smaller with less ability to run larger loads. The automatic standby generators come at a higher cost but the benefits of an automatic transfer within seconds of an outage with no need to manually refuel it is the best option for most.

At Caron Electric we provide the Kohler generator product line to our customers but we have the ability to wire and install any generator that a consumer is interested in using. We have found Kohler to be the best equipment on the market and we provide a full maintenance program as well as the companies Superior 5 year limited warranty to assure its proper operation when you need it. The question is not if you will need backup power for your home the question is when will you need it next. Be prepared and if Irene was not a reminder then remember back to the Ice Storms of last year when many were without power for a week and longer. I hope you have found this blog post useful and feel free to comment.

If you have any questions about generators or would like to have a free estimate provided for your home or business in MA feel free to reach out to 800.440.9940 or service@caronelectric.com