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Emergency Generator Basics

Emergency generators come in handy when power outages, hefty storms and many other unforeseen circumstances happen. The convenience and timeliness helps to mitigate spoiled food, loss of utilities and the disruption of your daily life and routine. They provide comfort and adaptability when snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and many other acts of Mother Nature strike.

Portable Generator

Types of generators.

Generators come in many different sizes, capabilities and functionalities. The two essential types of generators for emergencies are portable generators and standby generators. Portable generators are sometimes used as a backup generator when no other options are available. They are easy to move, which creates a great deal of functionality for them. Standby generators, on the other hand, are used as a back-up electrical system that turns on automatically when your power goes out. It’s like an insurance policy for your home. The inconvenience of a power outage is avoided and you can continue going on with life as planned.

Standby Generator

How a standby generator works.

After installed, a standby generator is quite low-key. The generator has an automatic transfer switch that immediately disconnects you from your utility after detecting a disruption in the service line. Once your home is completely disconnected from the line, the automatic transfer switch starts the generator. It then proceeds to transfer its power to the electrical panel in the home. The system runs off of an internal combustion engine, which is powered by natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel. The fuel source is usually based on what is available wherever you are located. Be prepared by making sure you always have plenty of your fuel source.

Create a safe environment.

The purpose of a generator is to help make your life easier. They provide comfort, convenience and peace of mind. Keeping generators stored in a dry area can help them last longer and keep them functioning properly when needed. It’s also crucial to know how much electricity you expect the generator to produce when initiated. This will ensure that the generator has enough capacity to be sufficient for your needs. Using the correct generator and making sure it’s being used properly is key to creating a safe environment.

Emergency generators always come in handy when unforeseen circumstances arise. Take the time to learn the basics of emergency generator use so that you are prepared for the next time an emergency occurs. Reach out to one of our specialists at RE Johnson today to learn more about the Kohler generators that we sell, service and stand behind.

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