What is an automatic standby generator?
An automatic standby generator is a back-up electrical
system that operates whether you are at home or away.
It automatically supplies power to the circuits you
have choosen in your home or business within 30 seconds
of a utility outage. After utility power returns, the
generator shuts itself down and begins monitoring for
the next outage. Our units operate on Natural Gas, Propane
or Diesel and sit outside just like a central air conditioning
will it power?
is very subjective and depends heavily on your current
load requirements; homes are different, personal needs
are different. DirectPower Generators offers a variety
of power system sizes and options to fit any need. Generators
are available sized from 3.5kW to 150kW (larger units
available through special order). To make it easy DirectPower
Generators offers a free in-house consultation; you
guide us through your house and tell us what you want
backed up. From this we can accurately size a generator
to cover your needs.
should I buy an automatic standby generator instead
of a portable unit?
a portable generator does supply power, a home standby
unit produces a cleaner, higher quality electricity.
It operates whether you are at home or not, and runs
a weekly self-test to ensure proper response when it
is needed. There are no extension cords to plug in,
and no gas tanks to fill. When utility power returns,
the home standby generator will shut itself off automatically.
the difference between air-cooled and liquid-cooled
units use engines that are specifically designed for
smaller applications; they cover essential circuits
and back-up power needs in most residential applications.
Liquid-cooled units use automotive engines for increased
horsepower; this makes them ideal for larger requirements
such as whole house power coverage, larger homes, primary
power and commercial applications.
they have to be maintained?
like your car engine, generators require regular maintenance.
Periodic oil and filter changes as well as voltage adjustments.
Most customers utilize DirectPower Generators yearly
service contracts; we inspect your unit yearly and ensure
that it is in tip top shape for when it is called upon.
is a home standby generator more expensive than a portable
standby generator system includes many additional features,
including a more complex control system, and usually
has more power capacity. It has a weather protective
enclosure that is also designed for sound reduction
making them neighborhood friendly.
long does it take?
on the unit you order and our current stock it could
take as little as 1 week. If we have to order your unit
from one of our manufactures, it typically takes four
to six weeks. Once we have your unit, a standard install
ranges anywhere from 2 to 4 days; this includes a full
unit commissioning and a brief tutorial on how your
new unit works.