Saturday, 28 February 2015

How to select the wrong kind of generator?

So here’s a list of how not to select your generator. The title is fancy, but the article is reasonable. Here goes,

Mistake #1 - Buy the lowest quality generator
Generators provide power when you usual line doesn’t. The reason why it’s important is because work comes to standstill when we don’t have consistent power supply. Low cost generators usually are also low quality generators. Don’t fall in the price trap, its light on the pocket when you buy it. But from a long term perspective, these cheap generators will give you a big hit in the long term.

Mistake #2 - Operate your generator in an enclosed area
Never operate a generator inside your home, basement, garage or any other enclosed area. Since combustion engines create carbon monoxide that can be lethal, good ventilation is critical. Generators need a minimum of 3 to 4 feet of spacing on all sides (including the top). Generators also need an unlimited supply of fresh air for proper cooling during and after operation. Therefore, place your generator outdoors, away from doors and windows.

Mistake #3 - Plug your portable generator directly into the wall outlet
NEVER feed power from your portable generator into a wall outlet. This is called "back feeding" and can cause a very dangerous situation as power back feeds into the main electricity lines and can cause accidents. Also, when power is restored, it can feed directly into your generator, causing severe damage to your portable generator. A manual "transfer switch" is the key to safe operation of your portable generator for standby power.

Mistake #4 - Don't do your research: Buy any generator for any appliance
When buying a generator, you need to consider how you plan to use it. Generators are used to perform a wide variety of tasks, thus there are many models to choose from to suit these needs.

Mistake #5 - Ignore power requirements
"How much power do you need?" is the first question you need to determine in order to select the right generator and transfer switch. For example, a 3000 watt generator can provide adequate power for appliances such as microwave ovens, toaster ovens, lights, refrigerators, freezers, and TVs (as long as they are operated intermittently). Thus, to determine which generator to select, first determine which appliances need to be powered simultaneously and what the starting requirement of each appliance is.

So avoid these common mistakes and ensure that your generators run well. Check out our line of generators

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