A generator converts mechanical energy, through the use of a fuel source, into electrical power for use externally to power other items. It does not “create” electrical energy, instead, it uses mechanical energy to force movement into electrical charges. It is then flowed through to an external electrical circuit.
There are multiple components that make a generator run and create electricity. The components step-by-step are:
- Main Assembly / Frame
- Control Panel
- Battery Charger
- Lubrication System
- Cooling and Exhaust Systems
- Voltage Regulator
- Fuel System
Why is a generator IMPORTANT?
Electricity is the lifeblood of our culture. We need it to perform a business, home activities, and stay comfortable. As the recent news or situations in the world have shown. The metropolitan power supply can go down at any moment and is vulnerable to breakdown because of:
- inclement weather
- human error
- computer malfunctions
Generators can power a home and business. Most if not all businesses and homes cannot function at all without a standby or portable generator as well. Such as those that are outside the grid or even more susceptible to these breakdowns in the power supply like geography that is prone to extreme weather.
RVs, trailers, or mobile homes can also be powered by standby and portable generators. These vehicles and homes need the power to supply the cooking appliances like the stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
When you are using a generator, it is important to make sure that it is in a well-ventilated area, like outside. The fumes that the generator puts out are dangerous to humans and animals.
Generators and Inclement Weather
Generators and moisture do not mix. So, it is not safe to use a generator in snow, rain, or otherwise wet weather. Unfortunately, most of the time you truly need a generator is when there is moisture falling or inclement weather situations. There are a few options that could keep your generator dry in adverse conditions.
One idea is to use a canopy or an open garage to keep the generator dry. These canopy’s you might already have around the house or have an open garage attached to your home or RV.
Steel and Plastic Enclosures
These are enclosures or sheds that are specifically designed to hold a portable generator. Installing a plastic or metal enclosure is best done by a professional to size up the enclosure to your specific generator.
Canopies are a good option if the wind is low. Typically, pop-up canopies specifically designed for generators are small and do not enclose the generator enough to stop sideways blowing rain or other precipitation. They also can be very expensive, upwards of $300.
A generator cover is going to be your best option. A good quality cover will protect the generator from the elements but will still allow you to operate it safely. It will also keep the generator portable and easy to transport.
Where to buy a generator?
There are many generator brands for sale. At Absolute Electrical Heating and Air, we can help you choose where to buy a generator near me. Some examples where to buy a generator are Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Generac.
Standby and portable generator installation
At Absolute Electrical Heating and Air we will install any standby or portable generator that you have including: