The use of a generator is based on the need of power and the affordable way to meet that need. There are two common needs for a generator. One is a necessity need, such as medical conditions, business requirements, and any life or death situations. The second need is to better life conditions in the event of a power outage and is limited only by cost. Any of the first needs should be fully automated with 100 percent standby, ready with power. The second should be based on the how comfortable one wants to be in their home during a power outage.
The cost of fuel is a big factor that many tend to forget after a system is installed, to accommodate the level of comfort. All of these decisions and factors should be well thought about before starting the selection process of an emergency power system. An electrical system can be powered by a portable or a standby system and the best system is decided by the factors that are present in each different situation.
The system that is most affordable and has the fastest installation process is the portable generator. Because the installation is not permanent, it is the most cost efficient installation. A major factor in this installation is that the system is portable; therefore N.E.C does not require the power plant to meet the load calculations of the service that it is energizing. Any permanent systems have to meet this requirement. This means that you can use a smaller power plant that uses less gas and there is no law about the generator or the electrical system it is energizing.
Ultimately, this means less cost by saving money on the permit, installation, plans, and processing fees. This system also has a much faster completion time than any other system available. The portable system works by plugging in the generator to the transfer switch, plugging in the gas whether it is propane or natural, putting the transfer switch in auxiliary mode, and pushing start on the generator. It is a very simple process and saves the consumer a substantial amount of money.
Common questions people ask are:
“Can this installation power everything?” The answer is by all means, yes.
“Who manages the power usage?” The consumer of the electric energy who operates the building on a regularly basis will need to manage it.
“How does the power go from portable unit into to an electrical system that is tied to FPL?” This is done through a transfer switch which has to be rated to carry the load that the service is for.
All stand-by unit installations require a free consultation by DJ Electric Services. We do not sell generators but will be happy to provide phone numbers and companies who we recommend. Please call our office today for more information.