Back-up Generators for Power Outages in Grand Blanc and Genesee County


Having a Power Outage Plan

It is easy to take for granted the items that work with electricity in our homes and businesses. When there is a power outage the reality hits us.

Over the past 40 years, we have become more dependent on electricity. The ice storm Michigan experienced in December 2013 left many residents scrambling for a means to keep their homes livable and safe from freezing pipes and over-flowing sump pumps. This disaster crippled many that Christmas Eve.  A back-up power generator, professionally installed by an electrical contractor, is a good item to have to ensure that your essentials will keep running in case of a power outage.

As a Genesee County electrician, we recommend you consider one of these two options when it comes to back-up generators:

Portable or Stand-by Generator

A portable generator can be hooked up to the home by your Grand Blanc electrician to run essential items. There must be a “transfer switch” installed on the electrical panel to ensure the safety of the home as well as the utility workers. A transfer switch and generator inlet receptacle can be installed by an electrical contractor, making the process to get temporary power much simpler. This is a manual system, meaning someone must be present to witness the outage, start and hook up the generator, operate the transfer switch, fuel the generator and reverse the process once power has been restored by the utility company.

Automatic Stand-by Generator

An automatic stand-by generator is a unit that can run off of the building’s natural gas, LP gas or other fuel supply. The generator typically sets just outside the home much like a central air conditioning unit. It can be set up by your Genesee County electrician to automatically sense when there is an outage and start itself up, operating the automatic transfer switch and restoring power to the building in a matter of seconds. These units produce a very steady power stream that is acceptable to sensitive electronics and appliances. When the utility power is restored, the generator will sense this and automatically shut itself down, without the occupant needing to do anything. These units can even notify the owner via text or email to let them know of the situation and if any action is necessary.

Other things to consider:

  1. More and more our appliances are reliant on a “clean” power source. Portable generators must be used with caution. Many appliances, including furnaces, need a low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).  A higher end generator is needed for this requirement. Look for one that is <5%. An electrical contractor at Electrician Express can recommend the type of generator best suited for your home or business.
  2. Portable generators need to be refueled approximately every 4-5 hours. This means homeowners must keep fuel on hand in case of extended power outages.

At Electrician Express, we can help you get set up today so you are prepared for future power outages. We are an Authorized Dealer of Kohler Generators, and provide Kohler Generator service in Grand Blanc and Genesee County. Call us today, and we’ll send a licensed and insured electrician to your Genesee County home or business to assess your needs.

Comments

  1. It’s important to have plenty of extra fuel for your generator. These are great tips, thanks for posting!

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