The sizeable and very irritating issue of planned power cuts in our country has left many homeowners and businesses in search of alternative power supplies. Generators have become a reliable and robust source of power but many still do not understand what a “genni” does and the benefits they offer.
At Goscor Power Products we sell a range of generators, both for home and industrial use. This blog will help you understand a bit more about what a generator is and how to know which one is best for you.
What is a generator?
The main purpose of a generator is to provide power to your most important appliances during the times when load shedding is implemented or when a fault occurs. Genni’s are mainly placed into two different categories; namely domestic and industrial use.
Generators for domestic use are strong enough to power the most important appliances in the home such as fridges, deep freezes, PC’s, garage doors, electric gates and security systems. Appliances such as stoves and microwaves are not often run off generators because they draw a large amount of energy (AMP`s) and make it very costly to run, as one would then need to increase the Generator output size.
Generators for industrial use are designed with a much larger capacity in mind. A site assessment by a qualified consultant as well as a load test done by an Electrician, first needs to be conducted to establish a business or factories needs before a generator can be recommended.
You are able to get electric start generators with an auto start function, available in petrol and diesel generators options.
How does a generator work?
An engine within the generator drives an alternator which produces a current. A generator engine can be powered by petrol or diesel depending on the make you choose. When installing a generator, the expertise of an electrician is required to install a change-over switch directly into your DB board to allow for a safe and easy transition of Eskom power to generator.
For domestic use, generators are obviously used for people wanting to keep the lights on during load shedding. It is also essential to keep security systems, electric gates and garages working for home security as well. Many rely on ventilators and other medical equipment at home which require electricity and these can be powered by generators too.
Most generators for home use have a manual start-up and are not silent to run. There are options for however that offer automatic start-ups (it starts up as soon as the power goes off). There are silent generators for home usage too.
What size of generator is needed to power a house?
It depends on what you would like to keep running when the power cuts out. To keep a fridge, TV, security system and the lights on, Goscor Power Products offers the 6.5KVA unit which costs in the region of R10 000 – R11 000. The top of the range domestic unit is a 25KVA generator which will cost up to about R135 000, However these are water cooled machines and are very silent.
For industrial use the size of the generators available are between 55 – 100KVA and cost in the region of R19 000-R283 000.
Where to buy a generator?
If you’re looking to buy a generator from a company that offers excellent installation and after-sales service, then Goscor Power Products is the company for you. Make sure you don’t get your generator from a fly-by-night dealer who won’t help you install it safely into your home or business or won’t offer back-up service after the purchase.
For more information on generators and the benefits of having one, contact the specialists in power products today.