If you’re looking to buy a generator but don’t know where to start, then look no further. We understand the importance of power and how important it is for both homeowners and businesses alike in order for them not to be left without electricity when they need it most. In this regard, our experts have compiled an informative guide on what types of generators are available out there today so that you can make an informed decision before rushing into any purchase decisions – hopefully saving money from doing so!
What are generators?
In a nutshell, generators are appliances that supply power in the absence of electricity. Generators can use diesel, solar power, and natural gas to provide electricity that can power campsites, businesses, construction sites, homes and more in the absence of electricity or emergencies. They range from small portable generators to large permanent fixtures, all offering benefits to the users.
Portable generators do what they say on the packaging. They are small, compact and easy to carry around. They are fuelled by either diesel, petrol, electric or solar power, as these sources are readily available. The size of portable generations means they can be easily stored and transported. Portable generators are popular when it comes to camping trips as their small size means they are perfect for recharging mobile devices, running the hot plate. They are also ideal if you are faced with an emergency. What’s more, their reduced size means their affordability offers excellent value for money.
While a standard generator produces energy in one single phase, an inverter generator produces energy in three phases:
- Creates a high-frequency alternating current (AC)
- The AC is then inverted into a direct current (DC)
- The final phase sees the DC inverted into a more stable AC
You might be looking at the above process and thinking this is complex, but it does have the benefits of creating energy that is stable when in use. This process also ensures that the generator is able to be used safely with sensitive devices such as laptops. Inverter generators are available as either whole-home generators or portable generators.
Although standby generators have a higher price tag, they are in a completely different category from portable generators. This is because while a smaller generator can be packed up, stored and transported as required, a larger stand by generator is a semi-permanent fixture to the premises where it is required. A standby generator operates using a large fuel tank enabling them to provide energy to whole homes in an emergency.
It is worth noting that if you invest in a standby generator, it will require regular maintenance to ensure that the device is operating as it should be and will be able to handle the pressure that may be put on it in an emergency.
As the name suggests, a diesel generator runs off diesel. The majority of generators powered by diesel are standby generators, although there is a small selection of inverter and portable generators available too. One of the main benefits of investing in a diesel generator is the efficiency of the power supply, and efficient energy means you will spend less money on fuel in the long run. What’s more, you can have complete peace of mind that a diesel generator will run well over the winter months, provided they are filled with winter diesel fuel.
Natural Gas Generators
Natural gas generators are generally standby generators. Compared to diesel generators, natural gas appliances produce lower emissions. The lower emissions and affordable running costs make them an ideal choice for a whole home generator. With regular maintenance, a natural gas generator can last for many years. Although durable, natural gas generators are not recommended for colder climates.
Built with solar panels, these generators are ideal for eco-conscious individuals. While the initial cost is expensive, you do not need to pay for future fuel. However, as with many solar products, they do not work when it is dark outside if not enough power is stored. Solar generators can be used for whole homes, but they are more suited to smaller portable generators that can be used in an emergency or for camping.
How can Bellwood Rewinds help?
With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, the team at Bellwood Rewinds are on hand to give you all the information, advice and recommendations that you require around the different types of generators. What’s more, we stock a wide range of generators so when you have decided on the right generator for you and your needs we can supply the goods.