Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Whole House Generators’

Let’s Talk Generators—They’re a Big Topic Now

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Southern California hasn’t traditionally been a location where generators for homes are common. People often think of generators as useful for places that experience extreme winters and unpredictable storm seasons. 

But that’s changing, and generators are now a big topic for So. Cal homeowners. We work with generators and we’d like to recommend that 1) you install a generator for your house, and 2) you have a whole-house generator installed rather than rely on a portable one.

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Whole-House Generator vs. Portable Generator

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Maintaining power to homes is a priority for everyone right now. It’s made more people consider the importance of having a generator on-hand to supply back-up power to a house in case of a loss of power. You can call on our experts for generator installation in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley—we’re professional electricians as well as HVAC technicians, and keeping your house running and comfortable is what we do best.

If you haven’t given much thought to a back-up generator before now, you may first think the best route is to purchase a portable generator. It’s less expensive than a permanent whole-house generator installation, and it sounds like it can get the job done.

But this isn’t accurate. There are big reasons to prefer a whole-house generator to a portable one.

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Summer Power Outages and Whole-House Generators

Monday, July 15th, 2019

When you think of backup generators for homes, do you usually imagine houses on the East Coast during frigid winters or when enormous storms and hurricanes strike? Unfortunately, here in Southern California, we have some pretty good reasons to have generators installed for our homes as well.

Last summer, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley experienced extreme heat levels and a record-breaking demand for electricity. Homes use more electrical power than ever before, and when this was combined with the heat, it resulted in multiple power outages that lasted for hours and sometimes longer.

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Considerations for Installing a Whole-House Generator

Monday, April 9th, 2018

natural-gas-generatorWith all the storms that have struck the East Coast and the Southeastern U.S. over the past few years, whole-house generators have become more vital than ever for keeping houses powered and families comfortable and safe.

In California, whole-house generators are less common—but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them. Some of you may remember the rolling blackouts we experienced here in the mid-2000s. Those can happen again in the future, and most likely during intense heat waves when the stress from the operation of air conditioners can cause the electrical grid to fail. This jeopardizes comfort, which can be life-threatening for homes with elderly people or infants in them. Power failures also endanger residents of homes who rely on powered medical equipment.

Have you been thinking about installing a whole-house generator? If so, you probably aren’t sure where to start. The best place is to call us: we’re local experts in generator installation.

Here are a few considerations, things to think about, when you start out looking for a generator.

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Here’s Why You Might Want to Consider a Generator Installation

Monday, August 14th, 2017

natural-gas-generatorHave you ever given consideration to a home generator installation in Los Angeles, CA? If you haven’t, that’s not much of a surprise. Homeowners in Southern California don’t often consider the usefulness of a backup generator because this area doesn’t sustain the weather disasters usually associated with power outages, such as snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Backup generators are something we tend to think the unfortunate folks on the East Coast and the frigid Midwest need to worry about, and they aren’t a major necessity here in Sunny So Cal.

We’re glad that we don’t have to deal with blizzards and massive storms. But we aren’t trouble-free, either, and there are situations where having a generator in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is an incredible help.

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What Can I Do to Make Sure My House Has Electricity in Case of Power Outages?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

IMG_0195On the East Coast of the U.S., power outages often occur because of stormy conditions and during periods of the coldest weather. But here in Southern California we aren’t immune to extended power losses, which often strike during the hottest weather, when immense strain is placed on the electrical grid. This can be inconvenient (food spoiling in the refrigerator), incredibly uncomfortable (no AC when the outdoor temperature rises above 90°F), or actually dangerous (loss of powered medical equipment). People want to know what they can do to protect their homes and families from the issues of extended power loss.

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4 Reasons You Need a Whole House Generator

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

When the power goes out, do you have a plan in place to ensure that your family enjoys uninterrupted comfort and convenience? Would you like an alternative to portable generators that can be dangerous and sometimes challenging to operate? Losing power is a pain. Whether you have a portable generator ready with fuel or not, it can severely disrupt your day-to-day life and cause consternation all around. A whole house generator is the best way to ensure that power outages do not get in the way of enjoying the comfort and convenience of your home. They are safe and highly powerful.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want to consider a whole house generator for your home

  1. Peace of mind. When you lose power, it can be stressful, especially with the young or elderly. We have become so accustomed to a constant source of electricity that it’s hard to do anything without it. A whole house generator gives you peace of mind at a time when that really means something.
  2. Increased power. Unlike a portable generator, a whole house model can run a number of different appliances and gadgets within your home, including your heating and cooling systems, water heater, and even your washing machine. It all depends on the size of your generator, and a professional electrician will be able to devise a setup that meets your electrical needs.
  3. Automatic standby. There are manual and automatic standby generators. The latter are capable of detecting when you lose power and start automatically, so that you don’t have to worry aboutgoing out there yourself to take care of it. This can be an added convenience if you’re away on business, while your family is at home.
  4. Safety. Portable generators exhaust toxic fumes that can be a hazard to your home if they’re used improperly. While they do have their place, a whole house generator simplifies the entire process and ensures safe operation at all times.

Let our Los Angeles area electricians know when you’re ready to get started on your new whole house generator installation. We can make sure that you find a model that’s right for your home and that’s integrated seamlessly into your existing system.

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