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JPC Christopher Electric Ltd.

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With all the storms and power loss these are our new Products for this years quarterly.
Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) are designed to reduce the random energy surges of voltage transients and electrical noise on the power supply line. Our comprehensive line of SPDs range from Type 1 Surge Arrestors - the first line of defense against external surges - to Type 2 Surge Panels and Type 3 Point-of-Use devices, such as strips and receptacles.

Be prepared for the next power outage. A portable generator will provide recreational, jobsite or limited home standby power, while an automatic standby generator will start automatically and provide power to selected circuits or your whole house, even if you're not there.

Planning Considerations
  • Do you need standby power for your home only, or a portable model for jobsite or recreational use?
  • Do you need to power hardwired items such as the furnace, well pump and A/C, or only appliances that can be plugged into an outlet?
  • Do you need your generator to start automatically when an outage occurs?
  • Will you be powering computers, home electronics or other sensitive equipment?
  • What price range are you looking to stay within? Is price a primary consideration?

Running watts required:

Light or recreational use: 1000 - 3000
Job site use: 3000 - 5000
Essential items in a typical home: 5000 - 9000 

Total home or off the grid 10,000 -  27,000

Industrial 30,000 and up!

Choosing the Right Portable Generator

If you plan on transporting your generator regularly, you should consider weight, dimensions, wheel type and handle style to determine ease of mobility. If you need your generator to run for extended periods without refueling, such as overnight or through full work days, run time is an important consideration. Portable generators operate on gasoline, and some models offer a fuel or hour gauge to help you keep track of remaining run time. A manual transfer switch allows the option of changing the energy source from utility power to generator power, and can be purchased separately at The Home Depot.

Overtaxing a generator reduces fuel efficiency and in some cases can damage the generator and connected equipment. It's important to calculate the power output you need and to give yourself some wattage cushioning.

Choosing the Right Automatic Standby Generator

A back-up electrical system provides 24/7 blackout protection whether you're at home or away. It automatically supplies power within seconds of a utility outage. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and awaits the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and is permanently installed outside just like a central air conditioning unit.

Decide whether you want to back up a few essential circuits or your whole house. The number of circuits you back up and the power requirements of the items on those circuits will determine which generator you need.