Dallas Home Generator Installation and Sales

Not only are generators a great idea for backup power during a power outage, but they have also been shown to improve home resale values. 

The main purpose for having back up power installed is to protect your family and your wallet. There are many ways an outage can cost you big money.

Before you decide on the type of generator you want, however, you should determine:

  • What do you want to back up?
  • Are you physically capable of using a pull cord to start an engine?
  • Do you have enough space for your standby generator?

How to Decide What Type of Home Generator is Right for You

What is a home generator and what does it do?

A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage.

It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away – all within seconds of a power outage. 

Home generators can also serve as a secondary source of electricity in your home or commercial business, or they can provide power in remote areas.

A home generator can be a fantastic investment, keeping your house up and running in the event of an emergency – even when your neighbors lose power. 

These powerful tools can keep your air conditioner or heater working through bad weather and power outages, and they can provide power if the electrical lines leading to your home fail.

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How to Decide What Type of Home Generator is Right for You

Knowing what you need to power in the event of an emergency can help you – and your expert from Dallas Landscape Lighting – determine what type of generator is right for you. 

You’ll need one that’s powerful enough to create sufficient output, but not one that’s too powerful for what you need.

Are You Physically Capable of Using a Pull Cord to Start an Engine?

Some home generators require you to use a pull cord to start an engine – but if you’re not physically capable of doing so, you won’t be able to use your generator at all. 

There are several models that start with the press of a button, and your consultant can help you choose one that’s right for your needs.

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How to Decide What Type of Home Generator is Right for You

Some home generators require you to use a pull cord to start an engine – but if you’re not physically capable of doing so, you won’t be able to use your generator at all. 

There are several models that start with the press of a button, and your consultant can help you choose one that’s right for your needs.

Types of Home Generators

Knowing what types of home generators are available can help you and your Dallas Landscape Lighting pro determine what’s right for your property. Generators can run on propane, diesel, or natural gas – it’s up to you which type you choose. However, you need to know the three main types of generators, which are:

  • Standby (whole house) generators
  • Portable generators
  • Inverter generators
Here’s a closer look at each.

Standby (Whole House) Generators

Dallas Generator InstallationStandby generators can power your entire home during an emergency. They’re the largest types of generators, and they require professional installation somewhere outside your home. 

These types of generators – the kind that Dallas Landscape Lighting specializes in – provide the most power, and they’re designed to turn on automatically in the case of a power outage. 

In fact, most models can turn on within a second of a disruption in power. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about investing in a standby generator:

  • Standby generators require professional installation – you can’t do it yourself unless you’ve been trained in generator installation
  • These generators start automatically when outage occurs
  • Standby generators provide more power than other types of generators do
  • There are standby generators that run a wide range of fuels, such as propane and natural gas
  • Whole house standby generators can have an output from 5,000 to 20,000 watts
  • Standby generators can provide power to your air conditioner or heater, security system, sump pump, well pump, and every other system in your home

Portable Generators

Portable generators – those you can move around yourself – can provide power to certain elements of your home. However, they provide less power than standby (whole house) generators do. Usually, people use portable generators to keep their refrigerator or stove on, or to provide power to specific power outlets within their homes.

Portable generators are cheaper than standby generators are, and they don’t require professional installation. (You still have to know how to operate them safely, though.) Here are a few things to think about if you’re kicking around the idea of buying a portable generator:

  • Portable generators typically require gasoline, liquid propane or natural gas to run
  • Some portable generators can only be started with a pull cord, although some models feature electric starter options
  • Portable generators can only power specific items (such as appliances) – they aren’t strong enough to power your entire home
  • The power output on portable generators ranges from 3,000 to 8,000 watts
  • You must keep portable generators at least 15 feet from any structure – it’s not safe to use them inside your home (or even very close to your home)

Inverter Generators

Inverter generators are similar to portable generators because they provide power to specific appliances. 

They’re a little more complicated than portable generators are, and although they provide approximately the same amount of power as portable generators do, they’re more expensive.

However, there’s a good reason for the higher price tag: They’re generally more efficient and almost always quieter than portable generators are. 

They also produce fewer emissions. Still, you can’t operate an inverter generator in your home, and you should run them at least 15 feet away from any structure for safety reasons.

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Features and Options to Look for in a Home Generator

Buying a generator means getting the features you want. Check out these common features that may help you make your decision:

  • Alternative fuel capacity
  • Electric starters
  • Fuel gauges
  • Low-oil shutoff switches
  • Removable consoles

Common Wattage for Standard Home Appliances

When you’re making a decision on what type of generator is right for you, check out the standard usage on the common home appliances in the table below.

Appliance

Standard Usage in an Hour

Computers

60 to 300 watts

Lights

60 to 600 watts

Refrigerator

600 to 1000 watts

Sump pump

750 to 1,500 watts

Window air conditioning unit

1,000 watts

Portable heater

1,500 watts

Central AC unit

3,500 watts

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Kohler Residential Generators

Kohler Residential Generator: 6 KW, SINGLE PHASE, NATURAL GAS|LP

This generator is made for renewable energy, including solar power or other remote applications. The KOHLER 6VSG battery-charging generator efficiently charges battery banks when renewable energy sources can’t keep up with demand. If your battery charge drops below a pre-set level, the 6VSG charges it automatically.

  • High-quality power – The 6VSG provides consistent power to charge battery banks used with renewable energy, telecom and other remote applications.
  • Economical – The 6VSG is fueled by clean, affordable natural gas or liquid propane (LPG).
  • Remote control – Add the Programmable Interface Module and OnCue® Generator Management System to communicate with the 6VSG remotely.
  • Automatic – The generator senses when the battery bank is running low and turns on automatically to keep up with demand.

Kohler Residential Generator: 8.5RES

8.5 KW, SINGLE PHASE, NATURAL GAS|LP

This is an affordable, commercial-grade power for basic power needs. When a bad storm or utility failure knocks out your power, the 8.5RES KOHLER® generator keeps your lights on, fridge cold and sump pump working. This generator will power most appliances in smaller homes, or a few critical items in larger homes.

  • Reliable – Inside this generator is a commercial-grade engine built to withstand extreme workloads year after year.
  • Powerful – In just 10 seconds, your KOHLER generator automatically restores power to your heat or AC as well as appliances and electronics.*
  • Premium warranty – We’ve got you covered with 5-year, 2,000-hour protection and a steel enclosure that’s built to last.
  • Smart – You get steady, high-quality power that protects your electronics from damage related to low-quality power sources.
  • Money saver – No pricey concrete pad needed. Your contractor – and your wallet – will appreciate the built-in mounting pad and easy-to-connect terminal block.
Kohler Residential Generator- 8.5RES

Kohler Residential Generator: 14RESAL with Automatic Transfer Switch

14 KW, SINGLE PHASE, LP|NATURAL GAS

This is a population generator among homeowners for backup power, with an automatic transfer switch included. When you lose power during an outage or storm, a hard-working 14 kW KOHLER® generator keeps your appliances working, the heat or AC running and your security system on.

  • Reliable – Every KOHLER® generator is equipped with a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine that stands up to extreme weather.
  • Powerful – In just 10 seconds, your KOHLER generator automatically restores power to a 5-ton (60,000 BTU) air condition, major appliances and electronics.*
  • Premium warranty – We’ve got you covered with 5-year, 2,000-hour protection, and a corrosion-proof enclosure that’s built to last.
  • Award winner – KOHLER generators have received several awards, including the Most Valuable Product (MVP) Award 2010 by Building Products magazine.
Kohler Residential Generator- 14RESAL with Automatic Transfer Switch

Kohler Residential Generator: 38RCL

38 KW, SINGLE PHASE OR 3 PHASE, NATURAL GAS|LP

Reliable power for large residential or small business needs. When the power goes out during a bad storm or power failure, your 38 kW KOHLER® generator with industrial-grade engine keeps your home or business – from central air to sump pump to personal computers – up and running.

  • Powerful – In just 10 seconds, your KOHLER generator automatically restores power and keeps you connected to the things you love to do.
  • Smart – You get steady, high-quality power that protects your electronics from damage related to low-quality power sources.
  • Premium warranty – We’ve got you covered with 5-year, 2,000-hour protection, and an aluminum enclosure that’s built to last.
  • Quiet – Neighborhood-friendly, with weekly exercise volume that’s similar to a normal conversation
  • Innovative – This generator’s patent-pending innovations include a three-fan, automotive-style cooling system that keeps the sound level down.

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Dallas Landscape Lighting Installs Kohler Residential and Commercial Generators

When the lights go out, they don’t have to stay out! We sell, deliver and install the goods when it comes to backup or standby generator installation in Dallas. The time to invest in a generator is before an emergency occurs – and that means you should call us today. Our team both sells and electrically installs hardwired, permanent backup power generators by Kohler.

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The electricians at Dallas Landscape Lighting can deliver complete turnkey operations to install quality stand-by home generator systems which will ensure reliable, automatic backup power for your home or business.