Honeywell backup generators are a vital asset to any home, and can provide continual claim power during brief, or sustained power outages. Sippin Energy Products, provides comprehensive sales installation and service of Honeywell generators powered by propane or natural gas.
Sippin Energy Products also provide aftercare service for your Honeywell generator products and will also provide installation with a qualified electrical contractor.
How does a home standby generator work?
Many homeowners don’t realize until it’s too late that they are not adequately prepared for unexpected emergencies, such as storms and power outages. Within two days of a power outage, your home will be without heat and hot water, fresh water, and most likely all of the food in your refrigerator and freezer will thaw out and spoil. A standby generator is the best way to prepare and protect your family from what could be a life-threatening emergency situation.
The basic principles of a standby generator
There are many ways to provide emergency standby power to a home, however there are a few basic things that need to be taken into consideration when designing a standby power generation system.
- Electrical loads
- Most important thing to determine is what electrical devices need to be powered by the generator. Normally these would include the basic life support systems of the home, such as the well pump, refrigerator, adequate lighting, and heating and hot water system.
- Size of generator
- Once the electrical loads have been calculated, a properly sized generator can be selected. It is advisable to have a properly sized generator, and not an oversized generator due to the fact that larger generators will provide no benefit, and burn an excessive amount of fuel thus requiring more frequent fill-ups.
- Quality of power
- Many homeowners don’t often take into consideration the quality of the electrical power supply being provided by the generator. A high-quality generator will produce electricity with a consistent voltage and clean sine wave frequency. This is critically important if you plan on running computerized electronic equipment which can be very sensitive and in fact can be easily damaged by poor quality current.
- Portable generators, such as the type that are commonly sold at home improvement centers, typically produce poor quality electrical current, and are not suitable for home standby power systems. They are typically used for construction sites to power electric tools or other devices that do not require conditioned power supply.
- Noise and location
- A quality standby generator should operate reasonably quietly, and should be located in an area away from the living areas of the home, and should have a clear area around it to keep it free of debris, and to make it easily serviceable.
- What type of fuel source do I want?
- There are essentially four different fuel types for generators, gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, and propane. In our opinion, propane is by far the best choice here for many reasons. With propane, the tank resides on your property, and you control the supply. A propane supply tank can also be properly sized to provide for several weeks of continuous operation without being refilled. Natural gas is also a good option, however homeowners must take into account that during severe emergencies, natural pipeline gas supply may be disrupted due to the fact that transfer stations and control systems for the natural gas utilities require electricity to operate. Diesel power generators are often recommended for larger commercial or industrial applications, and especially mobile applications were propane or natural gas cannot be used. The advantage of a diesel powered generator lies in the energy density of the fuel itself. Diesel fuel provides the highest energy density value of any fuel available for this purpose, i.e. a tank full of diesel fuel will power a generator for a long time and put out a lot of electricity. The last least desirable choice would be gasoline, and this is relegated primarily to portable generators which are severely hobbled by the fact that there fuel storage tanks are generally very small and have to continually be refilled. Gasoline also does not have a good shelf life, and will deteriorate in under 12 months if not adequately treated.
- Automatic or manual operation?
- Standby generators can work in either automatic mode or manual mode. Most installations provided by Sippin energy products include an ATS (automatic transfer switch), which initiates generator operation if the system detects a power outage from the utility company. Manual transfer switches can also be installed on specific circuits within the home that require a user to manually start the generator and then select individual circuits to receive standby power. This is a less desirable, but less expensive method. Both of the above stated methods must include a protection mechanism to prevent back feeding of standby electrical power to the utility grid.