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generatorThere are many good reasons to purchase a generator. If you work from home, it can be critical to your business or if you have special health needs, a generator can be lifesaving.  During hurricane season with the possibility of strong winds and fallen trees, a generator can come in quite handy.

There are portable generators which are considerably more economical, however, more and more homes are purchasing permanently installed generators. Permanently installed generators are installed outside the home, connected to natural gas or propane fuel and are always ready to provide electricity in the event of a power outage. These units come in weather protected enclosures and are designed to be in service for many years and use an automatic transfer switch. The transfer switch will transfer your home or business energy usage to the generator within seconds when utility-fed power is unavailable. When the utility-fed power has returned, it switches your home back to the utility and shuts down the generator. Permanently installed generators operate without any action or oversight. They even test themselves weekly to ensure they are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when you are on vacation.

Portable generators are available from many retail companies. Most are designed to be manually started and connected directly to individual electrical devices or connected to the home via a correctly and legally installed manual transfer switch. Many types are fueled by gasoline. These are systems that will not operate without someone who will start, connect and constantly oversee their operation.  Most portable generators run on unleaded gas and can be used for limited home standby power, portable jobsite power or recreational power. If you plan to transport your generator regularly, you should consider weight, dimensions, wheel type and handle style to determine ease of mobility. If you need your generator to run for extended periods without refueling, such as overnight or through full work days, look for a model with extended run time in addition to a fuel or hour gauge. Electric-start generators power up with just the touch of a button or switch; this feature requires the battery to be fully charged.  Twelve volt outlets allow you to charge a wide range of batteries, from vehicle to cell phone batteries.  Features like a spark-arrest muffler, roll-bar construction and covered outlets may be desirable for added safety and durability.  Generators with built-in welders combine welding capabilities with auxiliary power for lights and other tools.

Portable or permanent – generators can a lifesaver and a money saver, as well.  It may cost money initially, but in the end it will be money in the bank.

Source: “Generators.” Generators. Web. 15 July 2013.

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