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Everything You Need to Know About Generators: Keeping the Lights On, When Power Is Off

August 31, 2006

Hurricane Ernesto is heading towards Florida, and the National Weather Service is forecasting more tropical storms and hurricanes in the months ahead. That has many folks boarding up their homes and considering back-up power in the event of outages. So what type of generator is right for your home?

Many experts suggest the newer standby generators, which are installed by an electrician outside the home and kick in automatically in the event of an outage. And because they run off the home’s existing fuel supply, homeowners don’t need to worry about refueling the generator if an outage lasts longer than expected. Portable generators, however, need to be physically turned on by the homeowner and require gasoline be added periodically to run.

Fire officials warn folks to keep portable generators outside the home, 6-10 feet away from the structure, and suggest pointing the exhaust away from the home as well. And they say carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in all homes, just in case.

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What’s New For Generac Guardian Automatic Standby Generators In 2006

August 30, 2006

Guardian now has the most powerful lineup of generators with the greatest motor starting capabilities on the market. The popular aluminum enclosures (optional) – a good fit for coastal areas where the corrosion-resistant metal will help prolong the look of the unit – are extended onto the air-cooled lineup as are electronic governors for higher quality electrical output.

A breakthrough in air-cooled generator design has their Generac 990cc OHVI engine driving the highest kW available through their upgraded alternator. Not only has thekW increased, the kVA has as well. Up to 5 ton air conditioning can be started with the new air-cooled product – even with a 40% auxiliary load.

The new Guardian QuietSource 16kW (LP fueled / 15kW on NG) model has the power to start a 5 ton air conditioning unit with 7kW of auxiliary load. And for homes with multiple central air zones, it has the power to run two 4-ton models. It’s expanded 16 circuit load center also maximizes the higher kW output to put more power in your hands. The patent pending Whisper-Test feature makes this the quietest air-cooled model on the market with weekly exercise sound levels coming in half as loud or less than competitive models. With a dB level of 59, the new 16kW Guardian QuietSource sounds like a car at idle.

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Standby generators gaining momentum in marketplace

August 29, 2006

Standby generators gaining momentum in marketplace

By Amy Hoak

When Hurricane Katrina destroyed Dr. Jon Spiers’ garage, it also claimed two portable gasoline-powered generators stored inside.

Gasoline was difficult to obtain in the days following the storm anyway, and Spiers opted to invest in a 15-kilowatt standby generator to power his house in Ocean Springs, Miss., a bedroom community near Biloxi. The generator runs on propane.

“Being able to readily replenish the fuel source was vital,” the cardiovascular surgeon said. Unlike gas, he had no trouble getting access to the fuel that already heated his home.

After the power came on, the standby became of added benefit to the home during brownouts, when it provided a “nice, smooth level of power,” he said.

Standby generators are becoming a popular choice for consumers who need or want an uninterrupted power source for their homes — both in hurricane-prone states and beyond. The standby market has grown exponentially in the past several years — 566% between 2000 and 2005, according to research from Generac Power Systems Inc., a generator manufacturer.

Unlike portable generators, standbys are installed at a house so that they automatically start up whenever the power fails. Instead of powering up individual appliances as portables do, standbys power a home’s circuits and often provide more power than a portable would. Entire story

Features and Benefits of a Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generator

August 28, 2006

Breakthrough Design, Advanced Technology
GUARDIAN® and GUARDIAN QuietSource™ air-cooled generators offer the most wattage and greatest starting power in their class. The GUARDIAN QuietSource 16 kW can start a 5-ton and 3-ton A/C unit or two 4-ton units. The 13 kW can start a 4-ton and the 10 kW can start a 3-ton.

Whisper-Test™ (GUARDIAN QuietSource models only)
Reduces noise to a whisper by lowering engine speed during the generator’s weekly self-test. The Whisper-Test sound level is comparable to a car at idle and is 50% quieter (59 dBA) than the competition.

Pre-wired and Pre-packaged
GUARDIAN’s pre-packaged, pre-wired air-cooled systems make installation easy and, therefore, incredibly affordable for the do-it-yourselfer! Air-cooled models come with a pre-wired automatic transfer switch, outdoor connection box and composite mounting pad.

OHVI® Industrial Engine
Generac’s OHVI® (Overhead Valve Industrial) engines have been specifically designed for generator demands. These engines offer the finest lubrication technology available providing instantaneous disbursement of lubricant to all engine parts. They also feature an automotive spin-on oil filter for simplified routine maintenance.

Superior Electrical Protection
The air-cooled 10, 13 and 16 kW models feature an electronic governor, which maintains steady speed and eliminates voltage drop when loads are applied. This, as well as the automatic voltage regulator, provides a smooth rate of electricity, which is especially important for sensitive electronic devices such as computers.

Superior Paint
New textured, powder coat paint process provides consistent coverage and better bonding to seams and exposed edges providing durability and a long-lasting, tough finish.

Aluminum Enclosure (optional on GUARDIAN QuietSource models)
GUARDIAN QuietSource generators are available in a corrosion-resistant aluminum enclosure to better withstand the elements. This option is especially important for homes in southern and coastal communities.

Automatic Exerciser
An automatic seven (7) day test of your system allows you to verify that your generator is in peak operating condition at all times.

Automatic Transfer Switch
The automatic transfer switch automatically switches the source of power from the utility to the generator within seconds of a power outage. Because it’s automatic, you never have to flip a switch.

Convenient Fuel Supply
GUARDIAN and GUARDIAN QuietSource generators operate on natural gas or LP gas service. This provides you with unlimited run time during extended utility power failures.

Maintenance Friendly
Air-cooled models feature a hinged top and removable front panel. Liquid-cooled models feature large, removable doors. This provides easy and quick access for maintenance and servicing.

Automatic Safety Shutdowns
Automatic safety shutdowns protect the engine and generator in the event of low oil pressure, high temperature, overspeed and/or overcrank.

Protective Enclosure
The enclosure protects your generator from harmful weather and includes key locks for security. Sound-absorbing panels also reduce exterior noise levels.

Battery Charger
A built-in battery charger ensures that the battery remains at an optimum performance level.

Easy Installation
GUARDIAN’s air-cooled pre-packaged, pre-wired systems make installation the most affordable and easiest installation possible.

UL-Listed
For your safety, GUARDIAN standby generators are UL 2200 listed and all transfer switches are UL 1008 listed. This validates safety and kilowatt ratings.

EPA and CARB Emission Requirements
Generators up to 25kW must comply with EPA and CARB emissions requirements. All GUARDIAN generators up to 25 kW meet these requirements.

Made in USA
Manufactured by Generac Power Systems, they design and build their complete product from the controls to the enclosures, to their air-cooled engines specifically designed for generators. This ensures that all GUARDIAN and GUARDIAN QuietSource products are built to our highest standards.

Selecting The Correct Size Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generator

August 27, 2006

Protection Made Easy… When choosing your GUARDIAN® Standby Generator, you must first decide how many circuits or rooms you want to protect. Nobody makes it easier than GUARDIAN!

With their pre-packaged, air-cooled systems, all you have to do is match the circuits in their automatic transfer switch to those in your home’s main distribution panel. Then, simply total the number of circuits and correlate that to the generator that best matches your needs. There is absolutely no reason to calculate wattages, since you’ll never use all of your appliances at once. That’s why GUARDIAN leads the industry in creating powerful, yet economical and easy to install emergency standby generators.

7kW Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generators

  • Total number of pre-wired circuits = 8
  • Total number of 15A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 5
  • Total number of 20A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 1
  • Total number of 30A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1

10kW Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generators

  • Total number of pre-wired circuits = 10
  • Total number of 15A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 3
  • Total number of 20A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 3
  • Total number of 20A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1
  • Total number of 30A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1

13kW Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generators

  • Total number of pre-wired circuits = 12
  • Total number of 15A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 5
  • Total number of 20A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 3
  • Total number of 30A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1
  • Total number of 40A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1

16kW Generac Guardian Automatic Home Standby Generators

  • Total number of pre-wired circuits = 16
  • Total number of 15A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 5
  • Total number of 20A, 120V pre-wired circuits = 5
  • Total number of 20A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1
  • Total number of 40A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1
  • Total number of 50A, 240V pre-wired circuits = 1

To size larger generators, you need to add up the wattage of everything you want your generator to control during an outage. You also need to triple the wattage for the largest motor that will be generator controlled. Finally, you need to derate your generator for altitude and temperature. If you need help sizing your generator, please feel free to contact us. It is helpful if you have a list of everything you want your generator to control during an outage with the wattage or amperage rating of each item before calling.

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