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Generators and AC Units: What you need to know

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Generators and AC Units: What you need to know

So, you live in Florida and you know hurricane season is rapidly approaching. If you’ve ever been through a hurricane before, you know that being without power for days and weeks at a time in this Florida heat is nothing to look forward to. A common product that plenty of people are in the market for this time of year are backup generators. If you are one of these people, you may be asking yourself what type of generator you will need to purchase in order to run your air conditioning system if a hurricane or bad storm impacts your area this season.

There are two different types of generators on the market—portable and standby generators. Portable generators are just what the description says, they’re generators that you can store away in a safe place and bring out when they are needed. Portable generators are usually more budget-friendly than standby generators, but you will need to continuously purchase fuel to keep it powered. The more expensive option, the standby generators, are electrical systems that operate automatically whenever you have a power outage at your house.

 

No matter which type of generator you prefer, there is one crucial piece of information you must know and keep in mind. When purchasing a generator, you must know what the starting wattage and running wattage for your AC unit is. You also must know what the generator’s starting wattage and running wattage is as well to make sure the generator can handle the overall workload of your AC unit. If you try to power up something that has a bigger need than your generator can handle, you can risk overloading and breaking the generator as well as causing serious damage to anything plugged into the generator. More seriously, if you overload your generator, it could even result in a fire.

Unfortunately, central AC units have a wide-range when it comes to wattage, so if you’re not sure what wattage your AC requires, look at the unit’s nameplate or you can check with the manufacturer. Try not to wait until a major storm is heading your way. Beat the crowds and start looking to purchase one now so your options aren’t limited when a storm is headed your way. Be sure to call Benson’s Heating & Air Conditioning if you have any other questions about generators and your AC unit!

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Ann Walsh
Ann Walsh
17:53 09 Oct 21
The technicians arrived promptly and identified themselves prior to coming to my home. Once here they were very courteous and used all the proper equipment to avoid any contamination. They seemed to work very efficiently together and explained what they checked on and advised the unit was working properly.The one thing I would like to mention in addition to the service is the kindness they showed in offering to sweep the leaves off my back deck.This was above and beyond and appreciated so much. Benson's can be proud to have these two stellar employees on staff. Thank you
R AN
R AN
21:56 08 Oct 21
Justin did a superb job. He kept me informed throughout the HVAC check process, and was very professional and friendly. Great job! I highly recommend Benson’s and Justin!
Hollie Myers
Hollie Myers
19:01 07 Oct 21
Just an all-around top-notch operation. Responsive to customer needs, timely, efficient, professional. I know I can count on Benson's to get the job done!
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