With the Spokane region being vulnerable to unpredictable weather and grid power outages generator installation services are a great way to protect your home or business from from a sudden loss of electricity.
From helping you select and setup a small portables to whole-home backup generators that automatically detect outages and seamlessly power your home Infinite Electric can work with you to find your perfect backup generator solution.
Portable Generators vs Whole Home Generator Installation
Infinite Electric specializes in installing both portable generators with a manual transfer switch as well as installing whole whole automatic backup generators that automatically turn on as soon as a power outage is detected.
Portable Generators in Spokane
Your Spokane electrician will assist you in choosing the correct size and style of generator that best fits your needs as well as your budget.
The Infinite Electric team will also install your transfer switch and provide you with the knowledge you need to get your generator operational in the event of a power outage.
Portable generator installation services in Spokane are a great option for home owners looking to have a backup power option without breaking the bank. These generators are also becoming more and more versatile, operating on multiple fuel sources such as gasoline, propane, diesel, and natural gas.
Portable generators are much more affordable then their whole home generator counterparts and can commonly purchased online or at your local home improvement store.
Whole Home Automatic Generators
Seamless Backup Power
Unlike portable generators these whole home automatic generators do just what their names says… they power your entire house in the event of a power outage.
Not only are these generators large enough to power your entire home they also run on automatic transfer switches that can automatically detect when the power goes out and get you backup and running within seconds.
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Why Should You Get a Generator Installed in Spokane?
Generators are a great addition to any home or business that rely on electricity to power critical systems such as heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, phone lines, internet, well pumps and much more.
When you install a backup generator system in Spokane you are not only protecting your home from losing power, you are making sure your family stays safe if you lose heat, your food stays fresh if the refrigerator goes out, and you are increasing the value of your home.
Generator Fuel Sources
Natural gas is a clean burning fuel source for your generator and a great option if you have natural gas available at your property.
Pros: No refueling necessary if connected to a natural gas line, clean burning, less noise when operating your generator.
Cons: Higher Installation cost, natural gas may be unavailable for certain natural disasters (Earthquakes, etc.), natural gas may not be available in your area.
Diesel generators are a great option for those who want generators in colder regions or want a generator that will last longer then a traditional gasoline powered generator.
Pros: Diesel is the least flammable fuel source, can operate in cold climates, is easily obtainable, and generators powered by diesel tend to last longer.
Cons: More engine noise from your generator, shorter shelf life of >24 months, and high emissions.
Propane fueled generators are a great option for those who don’t have access to a natural gas line. Large propane tanks can be rented or purchased and placed on your property with significant storage capacities.
Pros: Propane has a long shelf life, is clean burning, is easily stored, and can be delivered directly to y our home.
Cons: Large propane tanks can be an eyesore, propane can be dangerous if fuel lines become damaged.
Gasoline is the most easily obtained fuel source for your generator and is a great option for portable generators because of it’s accessibility and ability to be transported.
Pros: Common Fuel Source, easier fuel source to transport in small quantities compared to other fuel sources.
Cons: Highly flammable, short shelf life >12 months, can get expensive during natural disasters.
How to Chose the Right Generator Size
Choosing the right size of generator is one of the most important factors to consider for your generator installation in Spokane. No one wants to spend their hard earned money on installing a brand new generator only to find out it was to small to meet their electrical demands in an emergency.
Calculating Required Generator Wattage
When evaluating what size of generator you want installed you will need to make a list of all the electrical circuits you want powered in the event of a power outage. Do you want your entire home to have full power? Or would circuits to your heat supply and refrigeration be enough?
Once you determine what electrical circuits & devices you want power to our licensed journeyman electricians can help you calculate what size of generator you need.
If you want to estimate the wattage requirements yourself many appliances and other electronic devices will have the required amps and voltage displayed and you can manually calculate wattage with this formula:
Watts = Amps X Voltage
Starting Watts Vs Running Watts
Most electronic devices take more power to get started then they do to continually operate. This is very common with any devices that have motors.
Example: An average refrigerator uses 750 watts to operate but can require over 2000 watts to get started.
Chose a Generator Larger then Your Wattage needs
Because of the discrepancy of starting wattage vs running wattage we typically recommend getting a generator slightly larger then your total wattage requirements.
Automatic vs Manual Transfer Switches
Choosing the correct transfer switch for your generator is another important part of the generator installation process. Infinite Electric has decades of experience installing both automatic transfer switches which turns power on automatically and manual transfer switches that are much more cost effective.
Automatic Transfer Switch
Like the name implies automatic transfer switches are able to automatically detect a power outage and within seconds transition to generator power.
The pros to an automatic transfer switch is you don’t have to worry about fumbling around in the dark to turn on your generator. The cons are that they can be much more expensive to install and maintain then manual transfer switches.
Manual Transfer Switch
Manual transfer switches are a great option for those looking for a backup power system without breaking the bank. Manual transfer switches are the go-to option for portable generators in Spokane.