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Combat Power Outages with a Standby Generator in Greater Cincinnati

Installing a generator, whether for a home or business, is a worthwhile investment. No one likes being left without the use of their devices and appliances during a power outage, and a whole-home generator or industrial-grade generator can make sure that doesn’t happen. Paff Electric & Solar is the company to trust for quality generator services in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas. Serving locals since 1985, we’re committed to getting the job done right. 

Need fast, same-day service? Contact our knowledgeable team at (513) 986-1361, and we’ll send someone over as soon as possible!

Do I Need an Electrician for Generator Installation? 

Small portable generators may be used immediately without the assistance of an electrician. Larger generators, however, such as whole-house standby generators that power multiple large appliances during a power outage, should only be installed by a licensed electrician. Experienced electricians will ensure proper connections between the generator and the electrical system. This process is complex, and even minor mistakes can cause damage to appliances or make the generator not work at all. 

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of installing a generator?

Installing a generator provides the benefit of uninterrupted power supply during a power outage. It ensures that your devices and appliances can continue to function normally, providing comfort and convenience.

What is the difference between a small portable generator and a whole-house standby generator?

A small portable generator is designed to power a few essential appliances or devices during a power outage. It is easily movable and does not require professional installation. On the other hand, a whole-house standby generator is permanently installed and is capable of powering multiple large appliances and the entire home during an outage.

Why should I hire a licensed electrician for generator installation?

Hiring a licensed electrician for generator installation is important because they have the knowledge and expertise to ensure proper connections between the generator and the electrical system. They can also handle any complex wiring or electrical work required, reducing the risk of damage to appliances or the generator itself.

Can I install a whole-house standby generator myself?

It is not recommended to install a whole-house standby generator yourself. The installation process involves complex electrical work and connections that should be handled by a licensed electrician. Improper installation can lead to safety hazards and damage to your electrical system.

Do I need to maintain my generator after installation?

Yes, regular maintenance is important to ensure the proper functioning and longevity of your generator. This includes tasks such as checking the fuel levels, changing the oil and filters, and inspecting the electrical connections. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and schedule professional maintenance as needed.

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What Size Generator Do I Need? 

Selecting a generator that is appropriately sized is important for two reasons. First, a generator that’s too small can overheat, causing damage to both the generator and the appliances it’s powering. Second, a generator that’s too large not only has a higher initial price tag but costs more to operate.

To determine what size generator is required to power a whole house, you must calculate the starting (or surge) wattage of the appliances and fixtures that need to be powered. The generator should be powerful enough to exceed the combined wattage of all the items that require electricity. Some households may be okay with getting a generator to power only the essentials, such as a central AC, electric water heater, refrigerator, and freezer. Others may wish to power their whole home, which includes powering additional appliances like a dishwasher, security system, microwave, TV, light fixtures, and more. Our electricians can calculate the exact size generator needed for any home or business.  

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Choosing the Right Generator Fuel 

To operate on its own during a power outage, a generator needs a fuel source. There are four primary fuels used for generators: Gasoline, diesel, LP gas (propane), and natural gas. Since gasoline is highly volatile and deteriorates over time, it’s only an option for portable generators. Diesel is a popular choice for generators at schools, hospitals, and businesses. It’s also a good option for households that don’t have a natural gas line or access to LP gas delivery. 

LP gas, or propane, is a clean-burning fuel and is safe and easy to store. Although its energy content is less than that of diesel, it’s a great fuel for standby generators because it’s easy to have a large supply of fuel on hand. Natural gas is often the preferred choice for generators, however, as it offers the ability to have an ongoing flow of fuel through just about any circumstance. 

Residential and commercial property owners who have more questions about which generator is right for their property can reach out to our knowledgeable team at Paff Electric & Solar. 

What Kind of Generator Is Best for Home Use?

The best type of generator for home use depends on your specific needs, budget, and preferences. Here are a few common options to consider:

  1. Portable Generators: These are versatile and can be easily moved around. They're typically powered by gasoline, propane, or diesel fuel and are great for powering essential appliances and tools during power outages or for outdoor activities like camping. They come in various sizes and power capacities.
  2. Inverter Generators: These are a type of portable generator that provides cleaner and more stable power, making them ideal for sensitive electronics like laptops, smartphones, and TVs. They are more fuel-efficient and quieter than conventional generators, but they tend to be more expensive.
  3. Standby Generators: These are permanent fixtures installed outside your home and are connected directly to your electrical system. They're powered by natural gas or propane and automatically turn on when there's a power outage. Standby generators can provide uninterrupted power to your entire home for an extended period but are more costly to purchase and install.
  4. Solar Generators: These generators use solar panels to harness energy from the sun and store it in batteries for later use. They are eco-friendly, silent, and require minimal maintenance. However, they may not be suitable for prolonged cloudy days or high-power demands without additional battery capacity.

When choosing a generator for home use, consider factors such as your power needs, budget, fuel availability, noise level, and portability. It's also essential to follow safety precautions and proper maintenance procedures to ensure reliable operation and prevent accidents.

How Long Does The Generator Installation Process Typically Take in Cincinnati?

The time it takes to install a generator in Cincinnati can vary. On average, it usually takes between one to three days to complete the installation of a standard residential generator. This includes assessing the installation site, getting the necessary permits, delivering the equipment, wiring the electrical connections, and testing the system. However, keep in mind that every installation is different, and if there are any unique challenges or customizations required, it might take longer. It's best to consult with a licensed generator installation professional in Cincinnati to get a more accurate estimate for your specific project.

Call (513) 986-1361 today or send us a message online to get started with our reliable generator services in Cincinnati. 

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