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Generators: Regain Power After Summer Storms
02 Aug
By: Climate Control
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Summer storms can take your heating and air conditioning system out of commission when you lose electricity.

After a summer thunderstorm, your heating and air conditioning system will have to run at full blast. After it rains, the sun will come out. This can lead to hot and humid air, which makes running an air conditioner a necessity. But some of these storms are intense and can lead to losing power. That's where a generator will help restore power and allow you to run your air conditioner.

Types of Generators

For most consumers, there will be two types of generators to choose from. The first type is the portable generator. Some of these can be relatively small, roughly the size of a typical cooler. They can also be very large, about the size of a mini-fridge. As the name implies, you can move portable generators around. They usually come with handles or wheels for ease of transport.

The second type of generator is the standby generator. These are not portable, and so require permanent installation next to the building it is to power when there is a power loss. When there is power, these generators are on standby. When the power goes out, they kick in and provide electricity for the building. In most instances, standby generators produce enough electricity for all the building's electrical needs.

Choosing a Generator

Like many other tools and appliances, the bigger and more expensive the generator, the more powerful and capable it will usually be. How big of a generator you need will depend on what you need it for. If you only need it to charge phones, laptops and run a few televisions, then a smaller 2,000-watt generator will be enough. But if you plan on running a central air conditioner in addition to a refrigerator and other appliances, you'll want a much more powerful generator, such as a standby or sizeable portable generator that can produce 4,000 watts or more.

To put things in perspective, a central air conditioner will pull about 3,500 watts while a small window air conditioner unit will need about 1,000 watts.

If you need help choosing a generator to power your heating and air conditioning unit following a power loss event, you should contact one of our friendly HVAC professionals at Climate Control.

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