Whole House Generators | Electrical Contractors Huntsville, AL
While power outages do not occur as frequently as they once did, any outage is more than simple annoyance for persons with specific medical conditions. It is essential for households with ill family members suffering from heart, lung issues to provide air conditioning and often oxygen. While those depending upon oxygen often have a portable back up, the supply is limited. Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide professional installation of whole house generators.
There are essentially two types of generators – standby and portable. Considering the overall benefits and disadvantages of each can assist you in deciding which type is best for you and your budget. When you are considering the installation of a whole house generator, our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL will be glad to answer your questions and assist you.
Portable generators are common in Alabama. From use by contractors, to camping and providing emergency power for essential appliances, portables can provide the necessities depending upon the size. They can power a window air conditioner, recharge a freezer or refrigerator, power lamps and an oxygen concentrator, or a basic life support system such as a ventilator. The price is often reasonable and they typically operate on gasoline or diesel.
The disadvantages of a portable are first the limited capacity. Models may have as few as two 110 outlets, or as many as four 110v outlets and one 220v outlet, and requires you to use heavy-duty extension cords, which provide their own hazards.
The second disadvantage is due to the fuel. It is almost impossible to purchase fuel without ethanol. On average, fuel containing ethanol will “go bad” within 2-4 weeks, and under the right environmental conditions the ethanol can convert to water in as little as 24 hours. Ethanol containing fuel will clog and eat at your small engines carburetor. This is why no small engine manufacturer will guarantee any carburetor, except for a manufacturing defect.
The conversion of ethanol to water is the reason why your lawn mower, chainsaw, leaf blower, or your generator will not crank after setting up. The carburetor will require professionally cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaner, or replacement, if the ethanol has damaged it. Ethanol is also the cause of frequent replacement of the machines gas lines and primer bulbs. You can achieve some measure of insurance with ethanol fuel stabilizer; otherwise, your machine is likely to fail when you need it most.
When you have a family member dependent upon oxygen, a ventilator, air conditioning, or other product that requires electricity, a portable generator may or may not start, and now you understand why. If a portable is your only option, crank it every one to two weeks, and maintain ethanol treatment in the fuel tank. Ensure to use the proper formula for gas or diesel.
For those with the budget, a whole house generator is the ideal solution, as you will see in the following. If you are considering the installation of a whole house generator contact Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL.
A manual generator is typically a lower cost option for whole house power versus a fully automatic generator. A manual generator will require the ability to plug it in at the outlet. The disadvantages are the generator will require refueling to maintain operation, and use is often limited. It is typically smaller than an automatic generator, and like the portable will limits what it will operate, though it does eliminate the use of extension cords. Mister Sparky’s licensed electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation of the generator transfer switch you require for use of a manual generator.
Automatic generators sense the power outage, start the generator, and have the power on in 10 seconds or less. You will need professional installation by licensed electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL as installation expertise is required to provide the wiring between the generator, transfer switch, and main electrical panel. Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the automatic generator installation you need. Automatic generators possess significant advantages over portable or manual generators:
- Automatic generators use propane or natural gas. This prevents the need to refuel the generator throughout the outage with gasoline or diesel. In addition, by using these fuels, it eliminates the associated problems of ethanol.
- Automatic generators sense when the power comes back on, and automatically shut down, returning your home back to normal power.
- Automatic generators self-start weekly to ensure the engine is in good working order and ready for an outage.
- Automatic generators can run an entire home, (including a heat pump or central air conditioning), or most of the home depending on the size of the generator.
- Automatic generators operate quietly.
- Automatic generators will start when the power fails, so even if you are on vacation, your food in the refrigerator and freezer will be safe, and keeping the home warm during the winter will keep plumbing safe.
- Automatic generators enable a home security system to continue monitoring the home.
- The only disadvantage to an automatic whole house generator is the cost, and the expense of hiring electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for installation.
If you would like the assistance of our electricians to determine the optimal solution among whole house generators that will best suit your specific needs, contact us for a consultation. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide a professional generator installation for your home. We serve the North Alabama region.