Apr , 2014
Cummins Power Residential Generators: A Complete Guide
Residential generators from Cummins Power are all about convenience, comfort, and security. These powerful devices offer ideal backup for cooling, heating, security, bathing, refrigeration, cooking, and lights.
With power outages becoming common these days, remaining prepared against such eventualities make sense.
The residential generators pack more power and features than other portable varieties:
- Sophisticated control options
- Weather protective enclosure
- High capacity
- Quiet operation
- Discreet & attractive housing
- LP gas/natural gas powered
Automatic switching of power source signifies that you will get an uninterrupted supply for residential use on a regular basis.
Direct connection between fuel and electrical systems does away with regular filling of gas tanks and manual power transfers from utility to stand-by home units.
Here are some popular Cummins Power Residential Generators:
- RS 13A Series
- RS 13AC Series
- RS 20AC Series
- RS 20A Series
The list goes on and clients may choose any one of the above Liquid Cooled or Propane and Natural Gas powered units for successful residential power backup.
Some models such as QuietConnect and PowerConnect offer smooth working even during extreme weather conditions.
How it works?
The working of the standby residential generators from Cummins Power is all about ease of use and complete backup. Lines leading from LP or natural gas source supply the generator fuel. Electrical connection related to the generator run to Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) installed nearby the residential distribution electrical panel.
The automatic transfer switch has the capability to detect the failure of utility residential power. This triggers its start-up mechanism switching the power source from utility to generator mode almost instantly. The generator will now begin the delivery of electricity to ATS as well as distribution panels.
Distribution of electricity in the postproduction stage occurs now from the panel, powering heat, light, computer, cooler, and POS terminal, besides other loads if selected. This kind of load selection is required during the installation stage itself for getting the desired backup when power failure occurs.
Later on, when restoration of utility power source occurs ATS makes the switch back to grid, signalling shutting off of the generator. The best thing about such an arrangement is that everything takes place automatically.
Choosing Fuel Type:
Cummins Power is an extensive generator line of emergency residential standby systems. These offer quiet and clean power whatever the specific needs, ranging from portable to permanently installed equipment.
Permanent installation models run on propane or natural gas and are neighbourhood friendly. Such units have direct links with fuel permanent supply. So, which of the two common fuel types, namely natural gas and propane is more suited for the residential units? What are the advantages of one over the other?
Here is a comparative study for a better understanding of the available options.
A. Natural Gas Source
Direct connections with line of natural gas ensure quiet, clean, and safe operations. Natural gas signifies unlimited source of power for your residential Cummins generator with no need for refuelling. This kind of generators do not require a tank source, offer clean burning, and highly dependable during power outages.
However, it is also important to know about the limitations associated with these natural gas powered generators. For starters, you cannot use them during natural disasters as earthquakes and they offer a low output of power 30% less than gasoline.
The presence of large tanks means that these generators are an ungainly sight and plumbing the fuel system leads to high costs of installation. Besides, natural gas may not be available in certain areas, so its use is not universal.
B. Propane Source
Propane powered generator sets use LP liquid or LP vapour and these also have direct connections to natural gas lines for quiet, clean, and safe operations.
This kind of generator set comes with numerous advantages such as clean burning, extended shelf life, and easy storage in 5 to 10 gallon small cylinders or large tanks.
Those requiring home delivery can easily procure large tanks without a problem.
In addition, this kind of generator fuel is easily available, even during emergencies. Gas stations mostly are unable to supply other kinds of fuels, but there are no problems with LP tanks because these usually remain fully stocked.
Even with so many advantages, one cannot deny that there are certain limitations associated with rope and power generator sets as well.
For example, this flammable gas remains with then pressurised cylinders so one cannot rule out the chances of accidents.
The fuel system of this device is a complicated one, so chances of failure are also present.
The installation costs involving propane powered sets are high because of the plumbing fuel system. Also, before using these propane powered sets make sure that local ordinances do not prohibit its use.