Thunderbolt electric offers generator installation services for homes and commercial buildings. We understand how important it can be to stay safe and connected when the power goes out.Generators are stand alone units that supply electricity during power outages. During a power outage, it allows you to continue to operate essential appliances such as refrigerators, computers, heating and cooling systems and lighting.

Home generators can be either portable or stationary. They run on a variety of fuels including, gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane and oil. Generally, gasoline portable models are less expensive to purchase. However, they typically have shorter run times because of the need to refill the tank, if used constantly. And if the outage is due to widespread outages or severe weather conditions, gas pumps may not be operational. Natural gas with its constantly available supply, tend to be the more reliable for stationary models.

The main differences between stationary and portable models are in their connection and activation. A portable unit has to be moved to your location, filled with fuel and then connected to fuel line, manually started then connected to your load requirement. Portable units allow for easy storage when needed. A stationary unit can start immediately and is usually already wired to the home and the fuel source. A determining factor as to which works best involves how much space you have for the unit, since a stationary unit may require a concrete pad. Generators usually come in sizes that range from an output of 1 kilowatt (kw) to over 100 kw.

All wiring and equipment must comply with local, state and federal laws or codes, and inspected by proper authorities to adhere to the rules and regulations of your local utility. A certified electrician should perform all electrical connections when installing a generator to avoid any problems. A Thunderbolt electrician can help you determine the type and size of generator to best suit your needs.