Frequently Asked Questions
What is an automatic backup generator?
An automatic backup generator is a backup 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 or propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.
How do I correctly size a generator for my home?
The most logical way to determine your needs is to envision your home without power! Some outages may be short in duration, while others could last for days or weeks. What would you like your living conditions to be during these outages?
Contact us to help you size the generator that will fit your needs.
We will need to know the following information.
What is the square footage of your home?
Where is your home located? city and county
Who is your utility provider? gas and electric
What is the meter amperage coming to you home?
How many air units do you have and their sizes?
Do you have a well? If so we will need the horse power of the pump.
Do you have propane or natural gas to your home?
What does your home use to heat? gas, electric, or heat pumps?
Are your major appliances gas or electric?
Do you want to back up your whole home or just certain areas?
If you are interested in a home generator, please use the button below and include this information. We will size the unit and get in contact with you to do an onsite visit to work out the details of the installation.
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 propane fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and sources such as natural gas do not need to be refilled.
They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, this eliminates 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 the utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.
What is the difference between an automatic air-cooled generator and an automatic liquid-cooled generator?
The engines. Air-cooled generators come with engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling, while liquid-cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile. Generally, liquid-cooled engines are used on larger KW generators due to the larger engines required for the higher power output.
How long will my back up generator run on a tank of propane?
A residential back up generator will burn on average about a gallon of fuel an hour. The backup generator will use more fuel if more items are ran inside of the home. On average if the propane tank is full it will run for about two weeks straight before needing to be filled.