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Home Generators Size

When choosing a home generator for emergencies, there are lots of variables to consider: location, price, maintenance, fuel, and more.  But the first question to answer is what size generator you need.

That question itself can be confusing because the size of a generator really means its power, the wattage it puts out.  To determine the right size generator for your home and family, you’ll need to decide what you expect from your generator and how much you want it to do for you while your electricity is out.

Home generators come in various sizes, ranging from smaller models that put out 2000 watts of power to large generators that give out 15,000 watts or more.  There’s something along the spectrum to fit every need and budget.

A 2000 watt generator can power a refrigerator, a few lights, and keep your electronics charged.  If you’re mostly worried about food spoilage or your area isn’t prone to extended power outages, this size generator may be right for you.  However, this isn’t enough power to run more than a fan, so if you’re concerned about heating or cooling, you’ll need to look further.

At 3500 watts, you’ll be able to run a window air conditioner or a small space heater in addition to keeping your food safe and your lights on.  If your home has well water, this size generator can run your well pump, too, so you don’t lose water just because the power went out.  It can also run a sump pump in the event of flooding.

Another step up gets you 7500 watts, which can power a small central air unit or furnace on top of your major kitchen appliances, while still offering plenty of electricity to keep all your devices charged.  This is a good choice for small homes or those in areas where power outages can last for a few days.

The 10,000-15,000 watt range of generators can handle heating or cooling larger homes, major appliances, plus more of the small appliances we rely on every day.  If your area tends to have extended power outages (up to a week), a generator of this size will help you make it through in comfort.

Precision Mechanical offers generators in all size ranges for sale or rent, and we can help you make the right choice for your needs!  For more information or to get a quote, contact us today.    

5 Tips for Using a Portable Generator Safely

If you haven’t invested in a standby generator, you may have a portable generator on hand as part of your emergency preparedness kit.  If your power goes out for extended periods, especially in dangerous weather conditions, you need to know how to use your portable generator safely.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe and comfortable in an emergency.

  1. Disconnect the power coming into your home.  If you turn on your generator while your home is connected to the main power grid, you could be sending power back into the lines.  Utility crews working to restore power could be hurt when what they thought was a dead line turns out to be live.
  2. Use outdoor-rated, heavy duty extension cords to plug equipment into your generator. These cords are strong and well-insulated enough to handle the power load.
  3. Take a break before refueling. If you need to refuel your generator, turn it off and let it cool completely before adding more fuel.  Plan for these breaks by charging your necessary equipment and getting your home to as comfortable a temperature as possible.
  4. Make sure your generator is properly grounded to avoid electric shocks.  This handy OSHA guide has all the information you need to make sure your generator is well-grounded.
  5.  Most importantly, keep your generator well away from your home.  Carbon monoxide is deadly and it can overcome a person without much warning.  It’s recommended that generators be placed at least 15 feet away from any open windows to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide exposure. 

Precision Mechanical Services offers rental generators in various sizes to help you weather any emergency.  If you’re looking to invest in a whole-home standby generator, you can request a quote or contact us for more information.  We service all major brands of generators and offer customizable professional maintenance plans.

Top Considerations for a New Commercial Generator

A standby generator is a great investment in your business and pays for itself in the time you won’t lose to power outages.  But there are a lot of variables to consider when purchasing a commercial generator.  Here are the first considerations you should discuss with a certified installer when getting a quote.

Location

There are lots of options for where to place your generator.  Double check your building codes and find a place that’s accessible for maintenance but protected from the possibility of rising water.  The ideal spot for your generator might be on a rooftop, in a basement, or near your main building.  Your certified installer can help you choose a location when you get a quote. 

Enclosures

Outdoor generators need protection from the elements as well as sound-proofing.  Look up your local noise ordinances to find out the allowed decibel limit in your area, and your installer can help you figure out how much and what kind of sound-proofing you’ll need.  If there are trees surrounding your chosen spot, ask your installer about protection from falling limbs in a storm.

Accessories and Maintenance

There are plenty of accessory kits and maintenance plans to choose from when buying a commercial generator.  You’ll want to consider remote monitoring, cold weather kits, quarterly or monthly maintenance, and more.  Discuss your needs and expectations with your installer to figure out which of these are best for you and your business.

Precision Mechanical is your local source for commercial standby generators in Northwest Louisiana.  With our combined 20 years’ experience across all generator brands and 24-hour emergency service, we stand by our products and quality work.  Contact us for more information or get a quote today.

Rent a Generator in an emergency

We’re heading into the depths of winter and the need for a standby generator is beginning to weigh on some people’s minds.  Will there be an ice storm this year?  Is the risk of a sustained power outage great enough to warrant the investment in a standby generator?

If you decide that now is not the time for you to invest in a generator, what can you do if you end up in an extended power outage?  Precision Mechanical has you covered!  We have generators available for rent in emergency situations.  Choose from many sizes, starting at 20kW, to cover your whole home or business or just run the essentials.  All our rental generators are mounted on trailers with everything you need on board, including fuel tanks, cable hookups, and simple, easy to understand controls.  Rental rates are available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to handle any crisis you might run into.

If you find yourself caught without a generator when you need one, give us a call and our representatives will walk you through every step of choosing the right rental option for your home or business. 

Needless to say, our rental generators are also great for any outdoor events you may be planning.  They can power heaters, music systems, refrigeration, and even portable cooking equipment!

Precision Mechanical Services offers professional maintenance plans and service for all major brands of generators.  Our emergency service is available 24 hours a day to keep your business running or your home comfortable.  To request a quote or to learn more about our sales and service options, contact us today.

Autumn maintenance for your generator

The weather is cooling off and between the last month of hurricane season and the onset of winter, it’s important to make sure your generator is working at peak performance.  A professional maintenance plan can ensure that you’re never without power when you need it, but there are some steps you can take yourself to maintain your investment

Keep vents, cables, and power sources clear of leaves, twigs, and debris.  Check inside the housings for any wasps, insects, or other pests that may have set up housekeeping over the summer and make sure the wiring is in good shape.

It’s a best practice to turn on your standby generator for about half an hour every three months.  Just like your car’s battery charges while the alternator runs, running your generator charges the batteries that it uses to start when your power goes out.  If you haven’t used your standby generator in the last few months, you’ll need to check the batteries and recharge them if needed.   

Portable generators that use a battery-powered start should be run once every month or so for about fifteen minutes.  It’s important to make sure these generators are completely charged before they are stored and that the fuel tank is empty if you intend to store the generator for more than a month.  No need to drain the tank, simply run the generator until it runs out of fuel and then let the engine cool completely before putting it away.

Precision Mechanical Services offers sales, service, installation, and maintenance for all major generator brands.  We also provide generators for rent in case of emergencies.  If you have questions about how to care for your generator, or if you’d like to request a quote, contact us today.

A Standby Generator Pays for Itself

Northwest Louisiana is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Laura, which left many people without power for several days through some of the hottest temperatures of this summer.  For many people, this was a wake-up call about the need to be prepared and with three more months of hurricane season still to go this year, now is the time to think about a generator for your home.

A whole home standby generator is a big investment, to be sure.  But the first time you face an extended outage in the midst of a Louisiana summer, it’s an investment that pays for itself!

Consider: If your power were out for three days, maybe a week, how much food would you lose from your refrigerator and freezer?   You wouldn’t be able to use your microwave or coffee maker; you might not be able to cook at all if your stove and oven are electric as well.    

In the summer heat, it’s too dangerous to remain in your home without air conditioning or fans, so you’d have to go somewhere else.  How much would it cost you to pay for a hotel until your electricity is restored?  And could you even find a hotel room?  As Hurricane Laura came through the area, most of the local hotels were completely filled. 

Keeping a family in a hotel room and living on fast food for several days gets pricey as well as probably driving you stir-crazy.  But with a generator, you can remain in your home, using some or all of your appliances, and you won’t lose any of that food in your fridge!  A generator saves your money and your sanity.

To learn more about the various sizes of generators we offer, contact us today.  We’ll be happy to help you make the best choice for your needs and your budget.   

Choosing the right generator for you

If you’re in the market for a generator, you may be overwhelmed by all the choices available to you.  You’ll be faced with a lot of numbers that may be confusing.  Choosing the right generator for your home and your needs depends on a number of factors, including the size of your home, how many devices you need to power, whether your area is prone to extended power outages, and if those outages occur during extremes of temperature.  Thinking carefully through these variables will help you find the right size generator for your family and your budget.

If you only need to keep some lights on, charge your phone or tablet, and avoid food spoilage for a few days, a small generator that gives you 2000 watts of power could be a good choice.  However, this size generator isn’t powerful enough for heating or cooling.

For homes on well water or those that are prone to flooding, stepping up to a 3500 watt generator will make sure your well pump keeps running or your sump pump can minimize any water damage.  This size generator will also run your refrigerator and freezer as well as lighting but it won’t handle more than a small space heater or a window unit for comfort.

If you’re looking for comfort in all seasons, you’ll want to start looking at generators that produce at least 7500 watts.  At this size, you should be able to keep a small central air unit or furnace running as well as lights, refrigerator, and plenty of juice to charge your devices.

In the 10,000-15,000 watt range, you’ll be able to run all of your home’s essentials including a larger air conditioning unit and a water heater.  The higher you go in this size range, the more small appliances you can power as well, ensuring your microwave and coffee maker will keep you functioning until your power is restored.  This range is a good idea if your area is prone to power outages that last for up to a week.

The largest home standby generators range from 16,000-22,000 watts.  With a generator of this size, a power outage is hardly more than a speedbump.  But you’ll want to turn out lights and avoid running too many devices at once – these generators are powerful, but not unlimited.

Precision Mechanical offers generators in all size ranges for sale or rent, and we can help you make the right choice for your needs!  For more information or to get a quote, contact us today.    

An active hurricane season is on the way

The 2020 hurricane season promises to be an active one with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting as many as nineteen named storms and up to six major hurricanes.  Barely a week into the season, we’re already on the third named storm this year.  As many of us are still practicing social distancing and staying home due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an extended power outage.

Here in the Ark-La-Tex, temperatures are already reaching 90 degrees and more.  A portable generator can keep your refrigerator and a small air conditioning unit running to keep your food and medication safe and your family more comfortable.  If you depend on medical equipment or need to be able to work from home, a whole-home standby generator can keep your home running like nothing happened.  During an extended power outage, a generator can keep you safe, comfortable, and secure while allowing you to remain in your home. 

For more information on preparing for this year’s hurricane season, you can check out NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide.  To learn more about Precision Mechanical and our generators, maintenance plans, and financing options, you can contact us or request a quote here.

The 2020 hurricane season promises to be an active one with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting as many as nineteen named storms and up to six major hurricanes.  Barely a week into the season, we’re already on the third named storm this year.  As many of us are still practicing social distancing and staying home due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an extended power outage.

Here in the Ark-La-Tex, temperatures are already reaching 90 degrees and more.  A portable generator can keep your refrigerator and a small air conditioning unit running to keep your food and medication safe and your family more comfortable.  If you depend on medical equipment or need to be able to work from home, a whole-home standby generator can keep your home running like nothing happened.  During an extended power outage, a generator can keep you safe, comfortable, and secure while allowing you to remain in your home. 

For more information on preparing for this year’s hurricane season, you can check out NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide.  To learn more about Precision Mechanical and our generators, maintenance plans, and financing options, you can contact us or request a quote here.

Centerpoint Energy customers can enjoy a discount of up to $1500 on a qualifying natural gas generator and a free 10 year extended warranty on qualifying Kohler natural gas generators through June 15th!  Don’t delay, call us today to take advantage of this offer before it’s gone!

Maintaining your generator now before major storm hits

It’s May, when here in the ArkLaTex we’re right in the midst of tornado season and waiting on the Atlantic hurricane season to start on June 1.  While we have seen some strong storms already this spring, there are undoubtedly more to come.  Now is the time to have your standby generator tuned up, checked over, and tested before any bigger storms hit.

Precision Mechanical services all brands and sizes of generators.  We can offer you load bank testing, electrical system testing, fuel testing and cleaning, oil and coolant analysis, and more to make sure your generator is ready to go the moment you need it. 

If you’re looking for more than just a tune up, consider our planned maintenance programs, designed to keep your generator at peak efficiency all year round.  Our routine maintenance plans include wireless monitoring and full testing at regular intervals to give you complete peace of mind.

Don’t have a generator?  We can help you choose the right model and size to handle your household’s needs and budget.  Through a detailed interview and site evaluation process, our experienced technicians can make sure you get the best product for your money and the comfort of knowing you’re prepared for the storm season.

It’s May, when here in the ArkLaTex we’re right in the midst of tornado season and waiting on the Atlantic hurricane season to start on June 1.  While we have seen some strong storms already this spring, there are undoubtedly more to come.  Now is the time to have your standby generator tuned up, checked over, and tested before any bigger storms hit.

Precision Mechanical services all brands and sizes of generators.  We can offer you load bank testing, electrical system testing, fuel testing and cleaning, oil and coolant analysis, and more to make sure your generator is ready to go the moment you need it. 

If you’re looking for more than just a tune up, consider our planned maintenance programs, designed to keep your generator at peak efficiency all year round.  Our routine maintenance plans include wireless monitoring and full testing at regular intervals to give you complete peace of mind.

Don’t have a generator?  We can help you choose the right model and size to handle your household’s needs and budget.  Through a detailed interview and site evaluation process, our experienced technicians can make sure you get the best product for your money and the comfort of knowing you’re prepared for the storm season.

Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years combined experience in power generation and facilities management.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for all generator makes and models and we also offer generator rentals in case of immediate need.  To request a quote or to learn more, contact us today.

Discounts on backup generators

We are excited to participate with CenterPoint Energy to provide exclusive discounts on backup generators for -area customers.  Qualifying CenterPoint Energy natural gas customers are eligible to receive a variety of free items including warranties, accessories, and discounts on various generators*. 

It’s Baaaack!

To help you enjoy clean, reliable back-up power from a natural gas generator, we’re bringing back this year’s most popular offer:

  • Get up to $1,500 off any qualifying natural gas generator
    purchase*
  • Plus, purchase a qualifying KOHLERnatural gas generator and get a FREE 10-year extended warranty**

Give us a call at 281-259-6500 for a free, no-obligation quote or visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Generator for more details on these offers (or view the disclaimers below).

Disclaimer

*Offer only available to CenterPoint Energy natural gas customers in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi purchasing a qualifying generator from a participating program dealer between May 1 and June 15, 2020. Actual discount is based on the natural gas KW generator rating. Other terms and conditions apply.

 **Offer only available to qualifying CenterPoint Energy customers.  A KOHLER® FREE 10-year or 2000-hour comprehensive limited extended warranty is only available on qualifying air-cooled KOHLER generators purchased through CenterPoint Energy’s 2020 Natural Gas Standby Generator Program participating dealers between May 1 and June 15, 2020. Ask KOHLER dealer for complete list of qualifying products and terms associated with this warranty. Offer valid on the following Kohler generator products:  8RESV(L), 10RESV(L)12RES, 12RESV(L)14RESA(L), 14RCA(L)20RCA(L)20RESC and 20RESD generators. Liquid-cooled generators are excluded from this promotion.