Forecasters from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., predict a 69 percent chance of a hurricane making landfall along the U.S. coastline during the 2008 hurricane season (June 1 through November 30). Anytime hurricanes or severe weather strikes, homeowners are at risk of losing power to their homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), power outages can cause numerous risks, including illness from food-born bacteria, the risk of fire from candle use, and the risk of heat stroke or hypothermia in severe hot or cold weather. Homeowners also risk the security of their home and family due to security systems being disabled.
Furthermore, power outages are not uncommon. From September 2006 to September 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported that more than 11 million people were affected by weather-related or rolling blackout power outages. Homeowners can protect against unforeseen power outages by installing a standby power generator that automatically comes on when the power goes out.
Generac Power Systems, Inc., Waukesha, Wis., has introduced a new line of automatic standby power generators that have been re-engineered and redesigned to meet the power needs of any home. Recent technological advancements have made this line of standby power generators more affordable to homeowners as well.
"The new line is truly a breakthrough in residential standby power. As the number one selling standby generator on the market, Generac offers homeowners the options they need to protect their family and valuables during power outages. They can look to us for the most choices, the best technology, and the highest value," says Clement Feng, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Generac. "The new models reflect our market-leading commitment to bring better and more affordable standby power solutions to home and business owners, with fully automatic standby generators priced starting at $1,999."
Feng adds that the new Generac automatic standby generators offer the best-in-class power quality (less than five percent harmonic distortion); highest-in-class power output; user-friendly digital controls; easiest serviceability with new enclosure; widest selection; and best value per kW.
According to Feng, the new Generac line has been redesigned from the inside out, which is the first major redesign of any standby generator on the market in years. The line is more aesthetically pleasing, more electrically powerful and, from an ergonomic standpoint, more practical. As homes have grown in size and electronics have increased in popularity, backup generators have advanced as well. "Over the years, customers have gravitated towards high-powered models. Now we're bringing homeowners even more power with a complete offering ranging in capacity from eight kilowatts (kW) to a 20kW model, which is able to back-up an entire home," says Feng.
The 20kW air-cooled unit offers the highest output of any generator of its kind at the most competitive price on the market. When equipped with Generac's Power Manager LTS panel, it can handle all circuits, including central air conditioning without shutting off other circuits, explains Feng. The 20kW model with the LTS switch is the first, true whole house air-cooled generator that feeds electricity to all circuits instead of juggling individual circuits on and off as power capacity narrows. The power quality is also best in its class, allowing for safe operation of sensitive electronic equipment.
The new Generac air-cooled line comes in five models with ratings of 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20kW - more than what is available from any other manufacturer. These models feature Generac's own OHVI (overhead valve industrial) engines, which are manufactured in house and designed for long life in demanding, long-run generator applications. New automotive-style enhancements to these engines promote even longer life and extended oil change intervals.
Other improvements include new enclosures made of galvanized steel or aluminum for enhanced corrosion protection, an LCD digital control panel, an exterior signal light for simple maintenance messages and an optional wireless remote monitor for performance readouts conveniently inside the house. The new air-cooled generators also feature Generac's exclusive Quiet-Test technology that reduces sound output during self-test operation, making them as quiet as a car at idle. All air-cooled products come with a three-year limited warranty for added protection.
Automatic standby generators operate on natural gas or liquid propane vapor, so there are none of the fuel storage, spillage, spoilage or odor concerns that are common with gasoline or diesel models. Because of their favorable emissions profile, gaseous-fueled generators are becoming increasingly popular as a "green" solution for backup power needs.
Generac introduced the first gaseous-fueled automatic home standby system in 1989 and has been the leading brand ever since. For more information on Generac industrial products, visit http://www.evapar.com/