Call our Abbotsford electricians at 604-308-6195 if you live anywhere within the Fraser Valley and need help hooking up a generator. We also install generator transfer switches and offer electric generator servicing.
Many homes are rural within the Fraser Valley Area, including Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Aldergrove, and Langley. Inevitably, when the power goes out, rural communities are last on the priority list for BC Hydro.
That means you could go days without any power. Because of this, many rural homeowners and businesses buy a portable electric generator.
Some larger home generators require 220v and may require wiring upgrades or even electrical panel upgrades. To ensure the safety and security of your home and family, Premium Electric recommends that you hire a qualified electrician to install a transfer switch for your home generator.
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Types of Electrical Generators
Essentially, there are two kinds of generators that BC businesses and homeowners utilize during a power outage including turnkey generators and basic portable generators.
Many businesses use turnkey generators that automatically start up whenever there is a power outage. They also automatically shut down when the power is eventually restored. If you run a business, check out BC Hydro’s page on Outage Plan for Businesses.
Many rural homeowners utilize portable generators (usually gas powered) and the wattage can vary, but generally they are under 10,000 watts. Home generators must be manually started and manually turned off. Keep in mind that BC Hydro does not allow any home generators to be connected directly to the house wiring system. Instead, a transfer switch must be installed by a qualifed electrician. For more information on how to prepare your home for a power outage, check out BC Hydro’s page entitled, Prepare Your Home for an Outage.
Know Your Emergency Generator Power Requirements
If you live in a rural area where a power outage is common and may be out for an extended period, it’s important to know the type and size of home generator you will need. Also, you need to know what electrical devices you need to power.
The following is a high priority list we recommend for the comfort and safety of your family:
- Home heating
- Air conditioning (during summer)
- Kitchen outlets (for cooking appliances)
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Common room Lighting
- Water System (including well pumps for rural areas)
Premium Electric Generator Installation Services
Our certified electricians at Premium Electric will gladly answer any questions you might have about generator installation for your home or business. Our Abbotsford and Chilliwack electricians can help:
- Advise you on priority items that need to be powered with the portable generator
- Determine the proper home generator size required for your needs
- Install the generator and the necessary transfer switch
We serve the entire Fraser Valley area. Ask us for a generator installation quote.