Power outages are generally caused by extreme weather such as lightning, ice storms or strong winds, all of which will be familiar to any Ottawa homeowner. For the cautious among us, occasional blackouts are reason enough to invest in a generator, but for some households, especially those with electric medical devices or mobility devices, a generator is an essential appliance rather than just a convenience.
Generators use fuel sources like gasoline, natural gas or propane to produce electricity to power your home even when the grid fails. They can be used to charge mobile devices, keep the furnace running or even power the entire home. There are many different types of generators depending on the needs of your home and your family. Below we outline the most common generators used in Ottawa homes.
This type of generator is powered by gasoline and requires the homeowner to manually turn it on. This means that you need to be home to fire it up, unlike standby generators which start automatically. You will also need to ensure you have gasoline on hand to power the generator.
This type of generator does not require the homeowner to start up, instead they are connected to your panel by an electrician and kick on automatically when the power grid fails. They are powered by natural gas or propane, meaning they’re unlikely to run out of fuel.
Partial load generators often have a capacity of between 5 and 8 Kilowatts this is enough to power essential appliances such as the furnace, hot water heater, etc. Whereas whole-house generators will generally have a capacity of between 10 and 24 Kilowatts which will be enough to power all the electrical needs of the home.
While a whole-house generator costs more than a portable generator or a partial load generator, it also offers the ultimate peace of mind that your home will run as normal even in a power outage and without any intervention. Whole home generators can also protect your home from damage by preventing the freezing of pipes, stopping food from spoiling in your fridge or freezer, and ensuring the sump pump is working to prevent floods.
If you’re interested in getting a standby generator installed you will need to hire both a licensed gas technician as well as a licensed electrician to get the job done. At Francis Plumbing & Heating we partner with professional electricians so that we can provide this service for one unified price and simplify the process for the homeowner. Call us today to protect your biggest investment.