Types of Generators
Generators are used for the generation of electricity and they
ensure that most of the essential appliances can be run whenever there is a
power outage. Generators of different wattage capacities can be used according
to the needs of the individual. The choice of buying the right type of generator
depends upon a number of factors like the wattage capacity, voltage ratings,
fuel type, fuel efficiency, noise level, portability and price � a prudent
choice can only be made if you knew what to look for.
Standby generators provide backup power in homes and offices and are
permanently installed outside the house or office building. They are plugged
into the electric circuits or home wiring. � The unit turns itself on and off
automatically. They can automatically detect disruption in the usual electric
supply and begin supplying power within a few seconds. � Propane and natural gas
offer a safe, long-term fuel supply and are more environment friendly than
gasoline or diesel fuels. � Like any motor, a generator motor creates quite a
bit of heat and needs a cooling system to prevent overheating. Standby
generators can be either air-cooled or liquid-cooled. The major difference is
that air-cooled systems are louder and not quite as effective. Liquid cooled
systems are quieter and more dependable � and also more expensive to purchase
and to maintain.
Portable generators are usually used in places where there is no
power supply such as construction sites, camps, etc. These generators are
sufficient to run appliances like televisions, refrigerators, sump pumps and
furnaces. � Portable systems are wheeled units that require to roll the
generator outside, start it up, and hook it up to a power inlet box Portable
generators supply electricity to selected appliances through extension cords. �
They are fueled by gasoline, which can be difficult to store and transport
during a blackout. Carbon monoxide is always a concern in the safe use of
portable generators. � They are designed to be used for short periods of time
only a few hours at a stretch. As a result, they tend to be much smaller and
A related aspect of generator motors is the speed at which they run, as measured
in RPMs. Generators made for the US market operate at one of two speeds: 1800
RPM or 3600 RPM. 1800 RPM motors will last longer and run quieter; 3600 RPM
motors are smaller and lighter.
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