Advice for Using Your Generator

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Before you seek out an equipment rental service, it is important that you understand how to use the tool you need properly. Certain tools and equipment can be dangerous when used improperly, so find out how to operate them beforehand. Here is some helpful advice for using your generator.

Safe Installation
Even if you think you can figure it out yourself, it is always a better idea to install your generator with the help of an operating manual. Look into local building codes to get an idea of where you can safely install your generator without increasing your risk for electrocution, carbon monoxide exposure, and other hazards. If you are going to connect your generator directly to your home’s electrical system, you will need an isolation device. A qualified electrician can help to ensure that you safely and successfully install your isolation device and your generator.

Proper Use
Just like it is important to follow an operating manual while you install your generator, it helps to consult your manual when using it as well. Your generator should never be installed within or near your home. Instead, install your generator far away from vents, windows, and any other openings that may allow carbon monoxide into the home. Gazebos, sheds, and garages are inappropriate places for your generator because they prevent the ventilation of carbon monoxide. Be sure to equip your home and property with carbon monoxide detectors in order to protect yourself from the dangers of this deadly gas.

Understanding Warning Signs
If you install and use your generator properly, carbon monoxide should not be a concern. However, it helps to understand the warning signs. Leave the area immediately if you experience nausea, dizziness, or headaches while operating your generator. Seek fresh air and call for medical assistance immediately.

Would you like additional advice for using your generator? Call A Tool Shed at (877) 890-2963. Our equipment rental company has drills, lawn mowers, and generators for sale in San Jose. Feel free to visit our website or stop in and meet with us to learn more about our equipment rentals today.

A Look at the Different Types of Generators

Despite their inconvenience, power outages can be made manageable with proper rental equipment. Like many other tools, a backup generator is indispensable when the power’s out. There are two types of generators: one which can almost instantly restore power to your entire home, and another that will keep only your most necessary appliances running during the outage. Though they function similarly, both types of generators possess unique characteristics. Before you look at generators for sale in San Jose, it’s important to understand some key differences:

Standby

Standby generators are permanent fixtures. Like their name implies, these generators sit in standby until they sense that the power has been cut from your home. When an outage occurs, a transfer switch automatically disconnects your house from its power line and connects it to your generator. The result is an almost instant restoration of power across your home. Many standby generators are powerful enough to keep all of your larger appliances—including your air conditioner, refrigerator, and water heater—running simultaneously. Standby generators connect to your existing natural gas or propane supply and only draw from it when active. Due to their complexity, they must be professionally installed.

Portable

Portable generators are much smaller than standby generators and provide significantly less power as well. They can only power a few appliances at once, but they can be easily stored in your shed or garage. Portable generators are fueled by gasoline and must therefore be used at a safe distance from your home. You can either run extension cables directly from your appliances to your portable generator, or you can have a transfer switch subpanel installed on your circuit panel. Connecting your generator to this subpanel will provide power to only the most vital circuits in your house. It is crucial that you use a reliable carbon monoxide detector when running a portable generator because its exhaust can be life-threatening indoors.

At A Tool Shed, you can buy and rent equipment necessary for enduring your next power outage. Please visit one of our seven convenient locations or call us today at 1(877) 890-2963 to learn more about our services or renting tools.

Should You Get a Backup Generator?

Many homeowners give little thought to their household electrical power use until fuses blow. The grids in older homes in particular may not always be able to handle the increased electrical demand of modern appliance usage. Rather than undertaking a costly rewiring project, you may prefer to use a backup generator. We have a variety of generators for sale in San Jose .

What Fuel Do Backup Generators Use?
The majority of backup generators are gas-powered. You should exercise caution when operating a generator, as you would with any type of tool or rental equipment. When the proper precautions are taken, gas-powered backup generators are very safe to use. Fill the tank with same care you would use while filling a gas-powered lawn mower or any similar power equipment.

What Types of Backup Generators Can I Rent?

There are two basic types of high quality generators: standby generators , and emergency portable generators. A standby generator is permanently installed between your home’s electrical grid and the utility grid, and it automatically provides electricity to your home in the event of an outage. An emergency portable generator is a smaller tool that you can connect as needed to provide electrical power in case of a blackout.

How Long Will a Backup Generator Power My Home?

Backup generators come in a variety of wattages and sizes, so their output varies greatly. A 2000-watt generator with a 1-gallon fuel tank, for example, can provide up to 15 hours of use. Generators with higher wattages often have larger fuel tanks to support their greater power output. If you want a generator that will power your home for an entire day, you will need a larger generators whose output is measured in kilowatts.

Whether you wish to purchase a generator as part of your San Jose earthquake readiness plan, or simply rent one for an event, A Tool Shed can help you find the equipment you need. Visit one of our six locations or call us today at (877) 890-2963 for friendly, professional assistance.