There are a lot of factors to weigh when deciding between a portable and a standby generator. Standby generators are great choices for anyone looking for a permanent solution that has a dedicated space to store the generator. Additionally, standby generators are more expensive than portable generators. Portable generators are less expensive than their permanent counterparts, and are simple to set up. Despite their smaller stature, portable generators still require maintenance, as well as caution during use. When using your portable generator, be sure to avoid making one of these common mistakes.
1. Running without a Transfer Switch
The purpose of a portable generator is to supply your home with power until the outage is over. When power is restored to your home, however, it will once again power anything connected to the generator. That’s where the transfer switch comes in.
The transfer switch will ensure that there is only one source of power for your home at all times, preventing what professionals call “back feeding.” This not only protects the inhabitants of your own home, but also professionals working to restore power in the area.
Not sure how to install a transfer switch? We can help. After all, everyone needs a transfer switch.
Our generator service can install transfer switches with all portable and standby generators.
2. Operating Within Buildings or Structures
Placing a portable generator inside your home will be the most convenient for plugging in appliances. However, doing so is quite dangerous.
Generators give off harmful gases, meaning that placing a generator in an enclosed space will threaten any inhabitants, and make it a generally unsafe area.
It’s also unsafe to place generators inside garages and sheds.
3. Using them in Place of Outlets
Generators are convenient, powerful machines best suited for temporary use. Unnecessary overuse will surely shorten the life and power of your generator, and should be avoided.
If you find yourself consistently using a generator for the same reason, then arrange for more outlets to be installed within your home.
4. Disregarding Power Limits
Even top-of-the-line portable generators have a limit for the amount of power they can exert.
When selecting a portable generator, keep your power needs in mind. If you only need to plug in a few necessities, then a less powerful generator should suffice. However, if you need to plug in several appliances for an extended period of time, then you should invest in the better product.
Either way, be sure to carefully read the instructions of your generator to familiarize yourself with its capabilities. Before plugging in all of your home appliances, determine whether or not your portable generator can handle them. If not, then prioritize necessities.
Avoid lowering the capacity for improvement on your home generator by exercising your generator.
Need help figuring out what kind of generator your home or business needs? Check out our generator service wattage needs guide.
5. Using the Wrong Tools
Generators aren’t meant to be perceived as additional outlets; they are significantly more powerful.
Be sure to select a three-pronged extension cord so that the generator is usable. Additionally, make sure that it is capable of handling the load that your generator will be supporting.
Generators should provide a layer of safety and security during difficult times, not generate risk. When using your portable generator, follow these steps to ensure your own and your family’s safety. As Long Island’s premier generator service, we are capable of explaining all aspects of generator installation and maintenance. Contact us for more information about how we can help install your generator.