Backup Power Systems – A Primer

Whether you are a home owner or a business owner, I am sure you know that it is important to prepare for power emergencies like blackouts. After all, you do not want your life (or your business) to stall just because the lights went out, right?

Backup power systems are basically electrical generators that are run during power interruptions. Electrical generators are contraptions that make use of chemical (fuel) and mechanical energy and turn it into electrical energy which you can use to power your home or your business.

Buying a Backup Power System

One of the most important things to consider in buying a standby generator is the fuel type. While gasoline and diesel generators are two of the most popular and widely-used generators out there, they are both not very suitable standby systems. The reason for this is that gasoline and diesel are not very good at being stored for long periods of time. They are easily degraded when subjected to indefinite durations of storage.

Alternative fuels like natural gas and propane generators are more suitable when it comes to standby power applications because these gases do very well when stored for long periods. Furthermore, they are also cheaper and widely available and can even be directly distributed to homes or business locations using underground pipes.

One other trait that you should look for is the capability for low-noise operation. Quiet generators are very suitable for home and business applications because noise is not something that most people will appreciate, most especially the neighbors.

In buying, you do not have to go for brand new stuff because you can always go for used ones. Due to the nature or backup systems, it should be easy to find 10 year old natural gas generator units that have only been used for a few hundreds of hours. Power interruptions, after all, are not a frequent occurrence and used backup systems should be a good option for many of us.

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