Whether it is a large storm or your neighbor messed up the power lines trying to do some over-the-top yard work, you can always rely on your generator when your power goes out. Having a generator is always handy since you and your family will not have to worry about food in your fridge going bad or even being disoriented by the lack of lights when the power goes out. Whether you own a generator or are thinking of purchasing one, you may have some questions, and thankfully we have answers.
What Different Kinds Of Generators Are Out There?
There are your standard mechanical generators and generators using inverter technology. Your average generator operates by using a mechanically operated alternator that helps generate electricity for your home. Inverter generators operate differently by generating an alternating current that gets converted to a direct current then back into a more refined alternating current. Inverter generators output a cleaner source of energy compared to traditional generators.
Which Is Better: Inverter Or Traditional?
It can come down to what your needs are to decide which generator is best for your home. Inverter generators are more fuel-efficient, quieter, and frankly far more space accommodating than traditional generators. You may think that inverter generators are a must-purchase item, but they have the drawback of price and power output. Sometimes conventional generators can output more or about the same power as an inverter generator for less cost. Depending on how often you will use your generator will decide which option is best for your needs.
What Type Of Fuel Does My Generator Need?
Depending on the generator you own, you may require something other than your typical gasoline fuel source. While many generators use gasoline to operate, some generators run on diesel, bio-diesel (e.g., vegetable oil), propane, or even natural gas. There are generators on the market that operate on hydrogen as well as a solar-powered battery.
How Often Do I Need To Have My Generator Maintained?
Typically we recommend that homeowners call our team to help check up on a generator at least once a year. While once a year is a minimum, having your generator inspected every six months can help ensure no components are damaged and ensure your generator will function during an emergency.
Whether you’re preparing for the worst or want a generator, just in case, at Pro Energy Solutions we know the importance of having a generator. So give us a call at (800) 704-7340, so we can help answer any questions you may have about generator installation or repairs!