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Protect Your Home and Family with a Service Detectives' Whole Home Generator

Have you ever considered how many ways your family depends on electric power to 'power' your lives… lighting, heat, air conditioning, refrigeration, cell phone power, garage doors, security systems, home office equipment, radio, television, life-saving devices, and much more. With a whole home generator, you and your family can rest assured the power you rely on to charge your life won't be interrupted. A whole home generator will ensure you never have to be without power again.

What can cause a power outage? There are many factors that can cause major power outages in your home, including:

  • Storms
  • Fire
  • Earthquake
  • Hurricane
  • Human Error
  • Accidents
  • Overuse
  • Tornado
  • Much more!

Hopefully, your family will never be impacted by such a disaster, but if a disaster does occur, you can be ready. A Service Detectives' Whole Home Generator will save you money over the course of a lifetime. It is estimated that the average family spends approximately $800 per month on groceries. Think of the waste and money spent on replacing that stored food in your refrigerator and freezer. What about medicines that need refrigeration? During an outage, those would risk being destroyed. Also, once the power is restored after an outage, the power surge can damage your expensive appliances and equipment.

With a Whole Home Generator, you can protect your home's valuable power supply. This electric generator system kicks on automatically when it realizes your power supply has been interrupted. With a Service Detectives' Whole Home Generator system, you can enjoy peace of mind, industry-leading guarantees, and the convenience of knowing our trained team can keep your whole house generator in tip-top shape.

Facts about Generators

Choosing a Generator

Home generators can be either portable or stationary. They run on a variety of fuels including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane and oil. Generally, gasoline portable models are less expensive to purchase. However, they typically have shorter run times because of the need to refill the tank, if used constantly. And if the loss of power is due to widespread outages or severe weather conditions, gas pumps may not be operational. Natural gas, which is in great supply, tends to be the more reliable fuel for stationary models.

The main differences between stationary and portable models are in their connection and activation. A portable unit has to be moved to your location, filled with fuel and connected to a fuel line, manually started, then connected to your load requirement. Portable units allow for easy storage when needed. A stationary unit can start immediately and is usually already wired to the home and the fuel source. A determining factor as to which works best involves how much space you have for the unit, since a stationary unit may require a concrete pad. Generators usually come in sizes that range from an output of 1 kilowatt (kw) to over 100 kw.

Choosing a fuel type

Your choice of fuel should be determined by the fuels available in your area. The more remote your location is, the bigger the concern for having available fuel. As mentioned earlier, gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and to an extent, propane have limited availability and delivery in extreme circumstances. Natural gas can also be limiting if you are not connected to the utility distribution system.

Wired Systems

A standby power backup device connects to the house wiring through a transfer switch. The transfer switch prevents 'backfeeding' into utility lines, which is dangerous and illegal. It also protects the device from damage caused by the utility company applying voltage to your house wiring while it is operating. These switches can either be automatic or manual and should be rated to carry the larger of the maximum load of the residence or the full output of the generator.


If your generator is intended to supply only a portion of your home's electrical load, a list should be made of the electrical equipment to be powered during an outage, for example; appliances, lamps, furnace blower motor, and the like. Compare the total wattage of the equipment to the total wattage output rating of the generator and do not exceed it.

Whether installing stationary generators, or installing whole house electric generator service, a licensed electrician should perform all the electrical connections to avoid any problems. Additionally, all wiring and equipment must comply with local, state and federal laws or codes, inspected, and must also adhere to the rules and regulations of your local utility.

Contact your Service Detectives' professional today, to discover all of the benefits of having a Whole Home Generator installed in your home. Never worry about a power outage again.

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