Power service interruptions have in the recent past increased as a result of earthquakes or even as a result of other unavoidable issues, as a result smart owners have retorted to buying standby generators to come in handy during this instances. Once thought of as a luxury for wealthier homeowners, emergency automatic generators are being installed in larger numbers in average homes. Austin just like San Francisco is a country that is prone to having earthquakes and as a result, people are increasingly buying more and more standby generators. Basically people have to look for other things that will meet their needs.
It is important to understand the beginnings of this concept which is also simple. Generally, a standby generator unit is made up of a generator placed outside the house and which looks like an air conditioner. A generator is majorly located near the main electrical panel of the house.One will note that most generators are installed on a stable ground and that is like cement in order to facilitate this. The generator is connected to the main electrical panel through a transfer switch. The transfer switch acts as a traffic cop. To understand how it works, the description below is very important; when electricity is working well the transfer switch routes power into the main electrical area. When the primary power source fails (i.e. PG&E power is no longer available), the transfer switch automatically starts the power generator and routes the emergency power to supply the main electric panel. Automatic power up and transfer is key to a complete system. You don’t have to do anything or be around for the emergency system to do its job. The other important aspect is that this system of power supply can be sized in order to cover some parts of your home to cover all the areas in your home.
How does an emergency power generator get its power? The major sources of power may include:propane gas, diesel as well as propane gas. However, most residential houses standby generator use propane gas. A tank of propane gas is able to power a large house for about five days.
So why invest in a backup standby generator? Here in earthquake country, we might go without power for days or possibly a week or longer in a large earthquake. apart from earthquakes,storms and fires can cause multi day power outage. Therefore in case such instances happen, a backup generator is able to enable your family to operate normally. Consider no electricity for days on end…its not a pleasant thought. Food will perish, safety issues will escalate (candles for days??), and you will need to find a way for your family to cope.