Hurricanes that move inland, tornadoes, thunderstorms, blown transformers, downed power poles from accidents or other mishaps, Alabama residents know that any of these things can strike causing a power outage, sometimes for days, or even weeks at a time depending on the cause. When widespread outages occur, a shortage of generators is common. You do not need to wait until a power outage occurs to consider installing an emergency generator. Being prepared for a power outage is especially important for families who have a family member with special needs requiring a steady flow of electricity. Mister Sparky licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional installation required for a whole house generator.
Preparing for a Power Outage
Our Northern Alabama residential electricians can discuss your needs and emergency generator options with you, ensuring the ideal solution for your needs and budget.
You have the option of two types of generators – portable generators and standby generators, fueled by either gasoline or diesel fuel. They provide power for a limited number of operations, limited by the number of plugs they provide, typically two to five.
On the other hand, a standby generator, also called a whole house generator, is permanently installed, and operates on natural gas or propane. However, if you are away from home when a power outage occurs, a generator with a manual switch will be unable to start itself up. Our experienced electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide a professional installation of the emergency generator of your choice.
Automatic Whole House Generators
Automatic generators are the gold standard for emergency power. They start automatically within ten seconds of power loss, unlike the manual generator, which requires you to start the generator by manually activating the generator transfer switch. Automatic generators also shut themselves down when the power comes back on. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you need.
Automatic generators operate on propane or natural gas. Natural gas offers a lower cost option, and provides a continuous supply without the worry of running out, unlike propane. Manual and portable generators require refueling with gasoline or diesel.
In addition, automatic generators ensure a continuous power supply, even if you are away on vacation, the food in the refrigerator and freezer is safe. Other advantages include:
- Automatic generators self-start once per week, ensuring the generator is in good working order when an outage occurs.
- Depending on the size generator you choose, an automatic generator can supply all of your home’s electrical needs, including your HVAC system. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can assist you in your selection.
- Automatic generators ensure the continued operation of a home security system, and any lights you have on timers if you are away.
An additional advantage of an automatic generator that operates on natural gas or propane is due to the ethanol contained in gasoline. Ethanol can convert to water in as little as 24 hours, although 4 weeks is more typical. Ethanol can clog and damage the engine’s carburetor, damage other components, and is the reason why mowers, weed eaters, and other small engine equipment will not crank after going unused for some time. The damaging effects of ethanol are the reason small engine manufacturers’ will no longer guarantee any carburetor.
If your generator operates on gasoline, mix the gas with a fuel stabilizer made for use with gas containing ethanol. Read the directions carefully, to ensure you use the proper amount. Start the engine every one to two weeks and allow it to run for a few minutes, otherwise, your generator may fail when you need it most.
The convenience of an automatic generator is well worth the extra cost. When natural gas is available, you can save money on the cost of fuel, and prevent the extra cost of a fouled carburetor due to ethanol. Other than a slightly higher price, and the need for the expertise of professional installation by licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL, there are only advantages when you select an automatic emergency generator. In addition, Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL will provide you with the instructions you need about your new generator. We serve the North Alabama region, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Give us a call to schedule automatic generator installation.