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Buying a Kohler Generator for Home or Business, FAQs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Q. What size generator do I need for my house?
A. For a detailed estimate, contact South Shore Generator, your local KOHLER Generators dealer. We can analyze your home's electrical load and specify and install your generator system.

Q. What is the difference between RESAL and RESA generators?
A. RESAL generators come with a transfer switch. RESA generators come with a controller that offers access to advanced settings; a transfer switch is purchased separately.

Q. Can I install my KOHLER generator myself?
A. Kohler recommends that you choose a expert to install your generator.

Q. How do I learn about local installation codes?
A. Code requirements for installing standby generator systems vary. That's why we recommend having a factory-authorized dealer install your system, since we are familiar with local codes. We make sure the generator is properly sized and avoid code issues with local inspectors.

Q. What size transfer switch is best for my generator?
A. It's a good idea to have South Shore Generator perform an onsite analysis to determine which generator and transfer switch offer the best solution for your home.

Q. What is the difference between a transfer switch that's rated for a service entrance and one that's rated for a non-service entrance?
A. A service-entry-rated switch comes equipped with a main-line disconnect breaker built into the transfer switch. This is a nationwide code requirement when the transfer switch is wired directly into the incoming main power line for whole-house power. A non-service-entry-rated switch requires the addition of a disconnect breaker at the jobsite. The service-entry-rated switch saves you time and money during the installation process.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: www.kohlergenerators.com

Generac Power Transfer Switch Product Line – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, has a new line of Power Series transfer switches (PSTS) and the ATC-900 transfer switch control.

The Power Series transfer switches can be used with Generac’s newly expanded industrial standby generator line, which includes single-engine diesel generators from 750 kW to 2 MW. The new ATC-900 transfer switch control offers robust supervisory and programming capabilities, making it ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

Generac has invested significant resources into growing its industrial product portfolio since late-2013.

“Generac will continue to push the limits when it comes to innovation and new product development, which is why we’ve been able to quickly secure our position as a leading supplier of industrial standby solutions,” said Kyle Raabe, Generac’s Vice President of Industrial Sales. “From transfer switches to industrial generators, Generac has the full lineup to provide what’s needed for industrial applications that require backup power systems”

The Power Series Transfer Switch line includes 14 different platforms with capabilities up to 5,000 amperes (amp). It features open and delayed transition on three cycle switches, and short time ratings to aid in breaker selection and selective coordination, which is essential in mission critical applications. It also includes a double-throw interlock transfer mechanism for higher reliability and safety from unintentionally paralleling two sources of power. The service entrance is 100 percent rated, and the top, bottom, and side cable entry eases installation.

The ATC-900 controller brings intelligence, adaptability, and enhanced supervisory and programming capabilities to the PSTS product offering. The control is either standard or available as an optional add-on depending on the platform chosen.

Advanced diagnostics allow the controller to capture and record up to 450 real time-stamped events – including the last 12 events captured two seconds before, and two seconds after – which enables users to diagnose power anomalies faster. It’s equipped with 20 inputs and outputs (four of each are customizable), and has a variety of monitoring and control functions, such as remote load testing and selective load shedding. Operating parameters can be set using a computer, or can be saved to a jump drive and uploaded directly to the control. Utility metering packages are also available.

System information is displayed on a 4.3-inch color monitor and a LED mimic bus. Color-coded LEDs provide Available and Connected status indication, while the Main Menu screen offers transfer switch status at a glance, as well as load-metering data and active alarms. Navigation is simplified with easy to use arrow keys.

The Power Series Transfer Switch and ATC-900 transfer switch control are now available from South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

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Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Kohler Residential Generators Protect Your Home- Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 08, 2016

Having the right residential power generator in Wareham, MA in place is imperative to help protect your home during power outages. So when a power interruption strikes in your area, you will have nothing to worry about because you can rely on them to immediately kick in even when you are not around.

Kohler is one of the best known and leading brands in residential generators. These generators are installed outside your home to keep your home safe and warm. They are strategically engineered so they are not damaged easily when exposed to the harsh elements of extreme weather conditions.

Kohler residential generators have automatic transfer switches that allow the generators to restore power to your home quickly in just a matter of seconds when the power gets knocked out. Installing one at home will give you peace of mind even when you are away because they provide enough reliable power in emergency situations to run the whole house. Another benefit to having Kohler residential generators is that they do not need regular refueling, they run on your home’s natural gas.

To find out more about Kohler residential generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Generac Combines a Transfer Switch and a Portable Generator in One – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, announced the introduction of the HomeLink 6500E, a revolutionary, all-inclusive, residential backup power kit.

The new HomeLink 6500E is an affordable, safe, one-of-a-kind backup power solution that integrates an upgradeable transfer switch and a portable generator in one package. The kit enables homeowners to properly prepare for outages, with the ability to back up essential circuits using the portable generator – and easily upgrade to an automatic home backup generator in the future with the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

Say goodbye to those frustrating hours spent without power, dragging out extension cords and potential back-feeding, and say hello to this easy-to-use, powerful backup power package.

The new 6500E portable generator is designed to provide residential backup power to essential circuits. When the 6500E isn’t providing home backup power, it can be used to power recreation equipment, tools and more. It’s equipped with an easy-to-use electric start and TruePower technology, which delivers less than 5% total harmonic distortion (THD) for clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances.

Other notable features include:

  1. Plug-in battery charger jack for easy charging
  2. Low-oil shutdown to safeguard the engine
  3. An hour meter for tracking maintenance intervals
  4. Covered outlets to protect the unit from environmental conditions

Included with the 6500E is the HomeLink upgradable manual transfer switch. With a push of a button, this versatile, innovative transfer switch allows homeowners to easily harness the power of their portable generator to power hardwired circuits in their home. And when homeowners decide to upgrade to an automatic home backup generator, HomeLink is designed to allow electricians to simply change out the subpanel, conveniently preparing the pre-wired switch for an automatic home generator to backup essential circuits (max 11 kW). This greatly reduces the typical installation cost of an automatic home generator because all the circuits have already been wired.

As with other Generac transfer switches, HomeLink is a pre-wired electrical device that is installed next to a home’s utility panel. During an outage, it allows a backup generator to deliver power to hardwired appliances, such as a furnace, refrigerator or well pump. Power indicator lights show homeowners when they have utility power or generator power.

The HomeLink 6500E is available through South Shore Generator, contact us for more details.

Source: Generac

Outdoor Portable Power Just Got Quieter with Generac – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 01, 2016

Superior to the Competition: The all-new Generac iQ2000 provides quieter, smarter power wherever you go Generac’s new iQ2000 inverter power generator is third-party tested and proven to be quieter than current market leader Honda, ensuring hunters, campers, even tailgaters can savor the sounds of nature without compromising power. And Generac didn’t stop at sound: End-users also benefit from the intuitive, fully functional LED dashboard that shows fuel level status, remaining runtime and wattage use.

“We’re already experiencing tremendous consumer interest because outdoor enthusiasts have never had access to a source of portable power quite like the iQ2000,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, Generac CEO. “For the first time, people have a smart, powerful generator option without all the excess noise they’ve had to put up with previously and with the added benefit of being the only inverter generator engineered and built in the U.S.”

Known for product innovation, Generac designed the all-new iQ2000 with state-of-the-art sound mitigation technology coupled with advanced electronics that greatly reduces noise and improves fuel consumption. As a result, the iQ2000 provides the ideal way to enjoy the benefits of modernized camping and outdoor activities, without disturbing the sounds of nature or fellow campers.

“Launching a new product is always exciting, but this one is particularly impressive given the long list of benefits the iQ2000 provides,” said Jagdfeld. “From tailgating parties, camping trips, hunting expeditions and outdoor DIY projects, the iQ2000 is a powerful, portable companion for outdoor activities that’s truly the market leader.”

Generac also makes the iQ2000 extremely easy to operate with the innovative PowerDial™ that integrates the start/run/stop functions into one easy-to-use control. Plus, the Smart LED dashboard shows fuel level, remaining runtime, wattage use and generator status. Users won’t have to waste time during their outdoor activities trying to gauge the status of their generator; the iQ2000 will let them know when to refuel and easily identify available wattage. For anyone looking to bring the comforts of the indoors along on their outdoor adventure (or for serious “glampers”) the iQ2000 features paralleling capabilities. Users can combine two generators for nearly double the power without sacrificing portability. So bring on the tent air conditioners, laptop chargers and popcorn maker – the iQ2000 can make even the least outdoorsy users feel at home in the wild.

The iQ2000 inverter portable generator from Generac will be available September 2015 from select retailer partners across the country, online at Generac.com, and from participating Generac distribution partners. For more information on portable outdoor power, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

What You Will and Won’t Miss During a Power Outage This Winter With a Generac Generator – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 25, 2016

According to a recent study1, just four percent of homeowners surveyed selected heat as the household item they would miss the most during a power outage, compared to more than half (51%) who said they would miss their TV the most. Yes, long hours in the dark can be incredibly boring without the entertainment of a news program or favorite show, but when considering power outages during the dead of winter a lack of entertainment may be the last thing homeowners should be concerned about.

This research points out that many homeowners don’t realize the dangers and inconveniences they would face during a power outage. To help homeowners be better prepared for the realities of winter-related power outages, Generac Power Systems compiled a few reminders of unexpected things they’ll be without:

  1. Running water. When the heat is out pipes are more susceptible to freezing. Even if you have an oil-based source of household heating, a power outage will still disrupt service and indoor temperatures will dip. A frozen or burst pipe can halt your access to running water (and could lead to some very expensive home repairs). Opening the faucet will provide relief from the excessive pressure that comes with ice blockage and can prevent a burst pipe.
  2. Fast emergency responders and utility companies. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice all make for treacherous travel conditions, meaning response from emergency and utility crews will be delayed during winter storms. When power outages are involved, families can quickly find themselves in dangerous situations with delayed response from these important services. With proper at-home preparation and safety, you can protect your family from needing to call these crews for help in emergency situations.
  3. Wireless Internet. Most homeowners forget that when the power goes out, so does their wireless internet access. With routers down, that means no connection to communicate with loved ones or get important updates about the storm. Cellular service can also be interrupted during outage times, and with no way to charge cell phone batteries, that option is also often limited.
  4. Daylight. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but many people forget that daylight hours are short during the winter. Especially when a storm is passing through, homes can get dark and stay dark for the majority of the day. Candles and flashlights work well for short periods of time, but it’s important to re-think backup light options during the winter when darkness is prolonged. These critical household functions are all things that homeowners would desperately miss in the event of a winter power outage, whether they are aware of it or not. The best way to ensure you and your family won’t be without is to create an organized winter preparedness plan that includes a stockpile of food, water and other supplies as well as a source of backup power. Whether from a home standby option that automatically turns on when utility power is interrupted, or a portable unit for powering essential items, generators can make all the difference in the safety of your home and family this winter.

For more information on a Generac Generator for your home, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: Generac

Kohler Residential Generators Power Your Home During Power Outages - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 15, 2016

The high quality and always reliable residential generators in Wareham, MA power your home when the main grid experiences loss of power. With a generator you will not be inconvenienced by the loss of power during winter. You will still be able to use lights, necessary appliances, heat, and security systems during outages.

Residential power generators are safe, easy, and effective to use at home. They are strategically engineered to provide back-up electrical power to your home during emergency situations without running the risk of carbon monoxide leakage. You can also hire a licensed electrician to install a residential power generator in order to tie it into your home’s electrical configuration.

Standby home generators such as Kohler residential generators are more efficient because they are installed directly into your home’s electrical system. This way, when a power interruption occurs your in-house power generator will only take a few minutes to supply power to your home in order to help minimize the inconveniences experienced when the power goes out.

To find out more about the benefits of installing a power generator at home, contact South Shore Generator.

Automatic Transfer Switches for Generators Brings Power to Your Business in Seconds - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 11, 2016

Standby generators in Wareham, MA play a vital role in providing reliable power to your business instantly when an unexpected power outage occurs. For the added assurance that your rented standby generator will automatically kick in when the power gets knocked out, an automatic transfer switch (ATS) which is incorporated in the configuration will turn on the generator immediately.

An important component of any standby generator for emergency backup power is the ATS. When electric power is lost this winter, standby generators will automatically detect the problem and the automatic transfer switch will turn them on generating back-up power to your business in seconds.

Automatic transfer switches for generators were developed and incorporated in high quality standby generators in order to improve the functionality and dependability of commercial generators for back-up power plans. The ATS can switch on the standby generator even when a power interruption occurs when no one in the building is around. So even in the dead of night, when business operations are at a halt, the security systems, electronics, refrigeration, HVAC system, servers, and other critical business systems can continue functioning seamlessly and properly.

To find out more about automatic transfer switches for standby generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Automatic Transfer Switches for Generators For Immediate Electricity - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 31, 2015

For buildings that relies on electricity as the main source of power, automatic transfer switches for generators provide a number of benefits without human intervention or thought. They have become a necessary part of many emergency backup power systems.

Automatic transfer switches (ATS) are an important component of standby generators in Wareham, MA. The ATS connects and disconnects utility and generator lines in a break-make operation because they break the current connection before they make the new connection. This allows the backup power to kick in during an outage and automatically switches off the standby generator when the power comes back.

In normal operations, the automatic transfer switch isolates the standby generator from the utility distribution grid. The standby generator is also disconnected from the building’s electrical system and all power that is supplied by the utility. However, during downtime the ATS moves from the utility (line) to generator (gen) mode. Because the utility connection is broken, the generator connection is made. And when normal power resumes, the generator connection is broken and then the utility connection is made again. This is the break-make operation.

To find out more about the advantage of having automatic transfer switches for generators, contact South Shore Generator


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