There are different types of generators available all with a common purpose of ensuring you, your family, your household and your business stay connected and powered up even when the lights go out during load shedding.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the different types, when to use them, how they work, and why you should consider investing in one.
A generator (or genie), is able to generate power for us to use in our homes or businesses when the electrical power supply is down.
The most common kinds of generators in use in South Africa are those which are powered by diesel or petrol.
These units use petrol engines to drives the alternator. The petrol is the same as you would use in your car’s engine. Petrol generators are easy to refuel only when the engine is not running and cooled down and efficient and are often used in homes.
Because diesel is slightly cheaper than petrol, this makes diesel generators very popular for both home owners and business or industrial owners too. They use the same system to generate power except they use diesel to run the engines instead of petrol.
Goscor Power Products stock inverter generators which are units which invert direct current into alternating current, to be used in our homes and businesses.
All of these units come in a variety of sizes and power options. The size of the generator used, would depend on the power needs you have. Whether you just need to keep a few vital appliances on during load shedding at home or if you need to keep an entire factory running during power outages, would depend on the correct size, selected after having a proper load test done by a qualified electrician. Contact us to find out more.
For most homes, people opt to have a diesel- or petrol-powered generator as back-up for downtimes during power outages or frequent load shedding that we experience. When using a genie at home, there are a few important steps to follow;
In your home
A generator assists in keeping your homes essential appliances on when there is a power cut so you have peace of mind when the power goes off. It allows the homeowner to operate their homes including televisions, computers and other appliances.
If you are a business owner, a generator can keep your business running in a time when there is a blackout. A restaurant can keep its doors open, retailer its lights on, offices can operate as staff can keep on working if the internet and computers and other essential equipment can be powered. It is essential to keep your businesses running and profitable when load shedding is in full force.
Here are a few frequently asked questions that we often get from customers in the market for a ‘genie’;
People always remember to refuel their ‘genie’ but often forget to check the oil. The oil keeps the parts and processes of the generator in good working condition. We recommend checking the oil level every time you refuel it. We also recommend doing a full oil change every 100 – 110 hours of use. The first oil change must be done after 50 hours at an authorised Dealer.
We recommend speaking to specialists like us at Goscor Power Products for us to do an assessment of your power needs. We’ll check what you want to run off during blackouts and be able to make a recommendation based on the sum total of power you require.
We’ve been in the business of supplying industrial power products to the South African market for over 30 years. We have a Nationwide Dealer network ready to assist you with your back up requirements who will gladly assist you with professional advice and solutions.
For more information and how to use them, contact the specialists in power products today.