Since the dawn of time, technological advancements have brought good things to humans everywhere. Sure, there have been some not-so-good things brought on by technology too, but who’s counting? In any case, recent advancements in generator technology allow smaller generators to handle bigger energy loads — now we’re talkin’!
So How Does It Work?By utilizing new power management systems, your generator can automatically manage large electric loads including things like air conditioning, electric heating, electric water heating, and electric ovens. With power management, you can prioritize large electric loads so that they don't all run at the same time, therefore allowing a smaller generator to do the work of a larger one. What’s more, this can save you money when it comes to upfront cost, maintenance cost and fuel cost.
Sounds pretty great, right? Well, here’s the heart behind the change: Since some new generators can now measure their own output (in watts), they can set up larger electric loads in order of priority. From there, you’re able to have only the power you deem most important when you need it. This efficient system is accomplished through the use of current transformers that monitor and measure the output of your generator when utility power is not available.
How Can It Come In Handy?In the summer, for instance, air-conditioning is usually considered to be a high priority, and an electric water heater is probably less desirable. Normally, you’d have an issue with motor loads and compressors, since the starting current (in amps) takes approximately six times as many amps to start the air conditioning as to run it.
But with power management, say your water heater is running but you want the thermostat to kick in — the system will turn off the water heater, allowing the air conditioning to come on, and then bring the water heater back on after loads have stabilized (typically five minutes). Likewise, there may be one air conditioning unit that's more critical than another and in that case, power management can also help. But by far the best part of all of this is that it’s seamless to the customer — power management works entirely behind the scenes.
Final ThoughtsPrior to the technological advancement of power management, if you wanted to run a larger load, you needed a larger generator. Besides the fact that a larger generator is more of a physical inconvenience, this also put consumers in a tough spot since larger generators are generally more expensive.
Thankfully, a smaller generator can now do the work of a larger generator, ultimately leading to lower upfront cost, more efficient operations, less fuel consumption, and lower maintenance costs. With all of this in mind, next time you’re in the market for generators, it almost goes without saying that you should consider a generator with a power management system. At the end of the day, not only will your home thank you — your wallet will, as well!
Clayton Preble is the owner of Georgia Generator, who offers whole home and backup generators in Atlanta and Jasper, GA. They assist people throughout Northern George to achieve energy independence with quality home and backup generators.