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Posted July 11, 2013 in Portable Generators

Google Hangout Topic 1: Generator Terminology

Eric starts by explaining that generators convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and can become the power source of electricity for your home. As you add more appliances to your generator you will need a higher count of each:

  • A watt is a unit of electrical power in which generator power output is measured.

1000 watts = 1 kilowatt

  • Amps are strength and intensity of electrical current.

Eric and Amanda went on to explain the difference between running watts and starting watts.

  • Running Watts – are how most generators are rated and represent the measured amount of continuous power to keep your electricity on.
  • Starting Watts – are required for two or three seconds to start a mower driven appliance like a fridge, and are the maximum amount of watts any generator is capable of producing.

Google Plus Hangout Topic 2: Portable Generator vs Standby Generator

After discussing the more technical side of generators, Amanda and Eric went through a portable generator vs standby generator comparison.

Portable Generators:

  • Portable generators are not permanently installed and can used in other locations like a tailgate or camping trip.
  • When the power goes out, these generators require the homeowner set up.
  • Gas powered portable generators require refueling.
  • They can power only a few appliances at a time. 

Home Standby Generators:

  • Standby generators are a permanently installed backup power placed outside of your home.
  • Gas powered or propane powered standby generators require no refueling.
  • Standby generators automatically detect a power outage and restore electricity with an automatic transfer switch.
  • And they do require professional installation.

Amanda and Eric also break down how home standby generators work and which is the best generator to power your home.

Google On Air Hangout Topic 3: Why Own a Portable or Home Standby Generator?

Amanda and Eric answer this one easily with some startling facts.

  • The average homeowner will lose power five times this year.
  • 3.5 million Americans will lose power this week.

Those facts alone prove that backup power will provide your family with the sense of security needed during any power outage emergency. 

Google Hangout Topic 4: Home Standby & Portable Generator Safety

Finally, Amanda and Eric discuss Generator Safety, it is very important to read your Briggs & Stratton Generator Manual and understand how your equipment functions before operating.

  • Every piece of outdoor power equipment emits carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas that is potentially fatal.
  • Always operate your generator outside of your home, far away from windows and doors to prevent carbon monoxide from accumulating in any occupied area of your home.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms with battery backups according to manufactures instructions.
  • Never, ever run any generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space or any partially enclosed area even if you’re using fans for ventilation.
  • Carbon monoxide can linger for hours even after your generator is switched off.
  • Place your generator downwind with the exhaust pointing away from any occupied space.
  • Seek medical attention if you feel sick or dizzy while operating a generator.

The Google On Air Hangout was a success with Amanda and Eric at the helm. Find a Briggs & Stratton Generator Dealer in your area with any further questions but first watch the YouTube Hangout to hear all the tips regarding either portable or home standby generators!

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