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How Does a Generator Provide Electricity to a Home

Losing power to your home can be a very uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous experience. If you rely on electric heat, a power outage in the winter can mean a health emergency if your indoor temperature dips too low. Likewise, losing power in the summer months can mean being without air conditioning. This can also be harmful if temperatures reach extreme temperatures. If a home is without electricity for too long, the food inside the refrigerator will spoil. You may have been wondering how a generator provides electricity to a home. Depending on the overall size of the generator, a generator provides electricity and allows you to run appliances and heat and cool your home. Smaller generators are great for running smaller appliances and powering lights within your home, while larger generators can power a whole house. The experts at Oliver have all the information you need to know about how generators provide electricity to your home.

How A Generator Works to Power Your HomeHow Does a Generator Provide Electricity to a Home?

A generator provides electricity to your home by converting mechanical or chemical energy into electrical energy. That electrical energy can then be stored in batteries or can be directly supplied to your home’s most important appliances. There are home generators known as standby or backup generators, as well as portable generators. Read on to find out about both types of generators, and how they provide electricity to your home.

Portable Generators

A portable generator is usually a small, emergency power source. This type of generator is perfect for powering small home appliances and lights if the power goes out. This generator can easily be moved from place to place and is great if power is lost during a harsh storm. These generators provide electricity by running a gas engine that must be manually started to generate electricity. The larger the portable generator, the more appliances can be plugged directly into the power outlets on the unit.

Whole Home / Standby Generators

A standby generator is as its name suggests, always standing by and ready to turn on automatically in the event of a power outage. Standby generators are more powerful than portable generators, installed outside of a home and powered by either gasoline or natural gas as a fuel source. A standby generator will detect if there is an electrical outage in your home, and if that happens, the unit’s alternator will kick on. The alternator will convert mechanical energy from the generator’s combustion engine into electricity for your home. With automatic start-up when the power goes out, a standby generator is sure to give you peace of mind during bad weather. Oliver installs and services several types of standby generators including those by Generac and Kohler.

Contact the Generator Experts at Oliver Today

A generator can truly be a great benefit for your home. At Oliver, we’re committed to keeping both you and your home comfortable and safe with our generator installation, repair, and maintenance solutions. Schedule a free estimate and learn more about the great benefits that generators have to offer by calling Oliver today.

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