Standby Generators 101

What is a Standby Generator?With the storms Long Island has endured this winter, many residents have lost power for days on end. The next time a storm knocks out your power, you may find yourself thinking about purchasing a standby generator. Unlike a portable backup generator that you have to lug out in the event of a power outage, a standby generator is permanently installed and will automatically restore electricity to your home within seconds of losing power. A standby generator is installed outside your house like an AC unit and an automatic transfer switch signals the unit to turn

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Q: We have a generator. Why do we need uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for our computer and other sensitive electronics? A: When the utility power fails, it takes time for the engine to start and reach operating speed (RPM) and to transfer to generator (emergency) power. You need some type of backup to keep things running until the generator power kicks on. The transfer of power from the utility to the generator also creates electrical surges and voltage spikes. Use of an UPS system helps prevent premature hardware failure, data error, loss or corruption, and other problems by maintaining power

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