Frequently Asked Questions | Home Generators | Point Loma

Generator FAQs

Owning an emergency standby generator can take the fear and worry out of losing power. The Southwestern United States is notorious for serious wildfires as well as the potential for earthquakes. This can wreak havoc on the utility services to our homes, often leaving our homes without power for day, When a home is without power, there are often bigger issues to face – problems with sump pumps, loss of food in a refrigerator or freezer, and unsafe living conditions inside the home. Point Loma Electric and Plumbing provides its customers with professionally installed standby home generators to keep them safe and comfortable during a power outage. A home backup generator protects your home automatically. It is professionally installed outside your home and permanently wired into your home’s electrical system. Standby Generators run on liquid propane fuel or natural gas and will be installed outside of your home just like your central air conditioning unit. A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system when needed and will turn on automatically when the power fails.
What size generator do I need?
It is important to choose the correct size of generator to meet your needs. You want to choose the smallest size generator that will meet your specific needs. One way to figure this out is to add up the wattage of everything you would want to keep powered by the generator during an outage. Some appliances such as refrigerators, HVAC systems and sump pumps will draw a surge of power upon start up and this needs to be considered as well. You can choose a generator sized to run everything in your house as normal or only certain critical items. A portable 2,000-Watt generator would power a few essential items but if you want all of your appliances and lights, you will want to look to something larger.
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