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Generators

The InfoHub™ wireless monitoring system is designed for universal compatibility. It is compatible with any Briggs & Stratton® standby generator manufactured from August 2005 onwards. This ensures that a wide range of users can benefit from the advanced monitoring capabilities provided by InfoHub™.

The InfoHub™ wireless monitoring system offers several benefits. It allows you to stay connected and in control of your standby generator, no matter where you are. You can receive real-time updates and alerts about your backup power supply, ensuring peace of mind. With InfoHub™, you can quickly check the system status of your generator from any smart device, ensuring that it is ready to provide power during an outage.

InfoHub™ is designed to work with any Briggs & Stratton® standby generator manufactured from August 2005 onwards. This ensures a wide range of users can benefit from its advanced monitoring capabilities.

Generator maintenance involves regular checks and servicing to ensure the generator is in optimal working condition. This includes inspecting the generator for any issues, testing its performance, and replacing any worn-out parts. Regular maintenance helps prolong the generator's lifespan and ensures it's ready to provide power when needed.

 InfoHub™ works by constantly monitoring the signal from your standby generator. When the generator's status changes, InfoHub™ instantly sends an alert to your email or phone, keeping you informed about your generator's condition and readiness.

A generator monitoring system, like our InfoHub™, is a wireless system that constantly monitors the status of your standby generator. It provides real-time updates and sends alerts to your email or phone whenever the generator's status changes.

At Bo's Electric, we understand that every home is unique. We take into consideration factors such as property layout, service panel location, and specific lights and appliances requiring backup power. This allows us to tailor a backup power solution that meets your specific needs.

The in-home consultation is the initial step towards installing your whole home standby generator system. During this visit, our professionals will assess your home's specific installation needs and identify any local permits required. We will inspect your electrical meter, gas lines, and circuit breaker panel location to determine the optimal placement for the generator unit and establish the wiring specifications your home will need. We will also discuss the fuel option that best suits your needs, whether it's natural gas or liquid propane.
 Standby generator systems typically run on natural gas or liquid propane. The choice between these two options depends on what's available and most suitable for your home. We will discuss this during the in-home consultation.
The right generator system for your home depends on several factors, including the layout of your property, the location of your service panel, and the specific lights and appliances that need backup power. At Bo’s Electric, we offer an in-home consultation to help determine the best solution for your needs.

 The system is always on standby, ready to detect any interruption in the utility power supply to your home. When a power outage occurs, the generator automatically starts, and the automatic transfer switch shifts your home's selected electrical circuits and appliances to backup power. Once utility power is restored, the system automatically reverts your home back to the main power supply.

A home standby generator system is a backup power source for your home. It consists of a generator unit and an automatic transfer switch, which work together to restore power to your home within moments of a power outage.

Electric Services

To get started with Florida electrical contractors from Bo's Electric, simply contact us. Our knowledgeable team will guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and provide a tailored solution to meet your specific electrical needs. Whether you require installation, testing, repair, or replacement services, we are here to provide high-quality support and ensure the safety and efficiency of your electrical system.

Yes, Bo's Electric provides comprehensive testing and inspection services for your electrical system. We understand the importance of a reliable electrical panel, and our team can replace your existing panel to improve safety and accommodate increased electrical loads. Our testing and inspection services ensure the safety and efficiency of your electrical system, giving you peace of mind.

 Bo's Electric offers installation services for a variety of electrical systems. Our range of installations includes switches, outlets, smart home automation, solar systems, battery backup, surge protection, lighting systems, timers, and more. Whether you want to enhance convenience, harness renewable energy, maintain comfortable temperatures, or add a stylish touch to your home, we have options to suit your needs.

Electrical testing and inspection involve checking your home's electrical system to ensure it's safe, efficient, and up to code. This includes inspecting the wiring, checking the electrical panel, testing the outlets and switches, and more. We also provide load bank testing to test your generator's capacity and performance.

Bo's Electric takes pride in being one of the leading electrical contractors in Florida. We have a team of skilled professionals who are committed to delivering high-quality service. With our expertise and attention to detail, we ensure that your electrical systems are safe, efficient, and up to code. We offer comprehensive services to meet all your electrical needs, making us your one-stop solution.

At Bo's Electric, our team of trained professionals offers a wide range of electrical services to meet your needs. We provide expert-level assistance for electrical system installation, testing, repair, and replacement. Our services include electrical wiring, installation of various electrical systems, testing and inspection, panel replacement, and generator installation and repair.

Access Control Systems

To get started with an access control system, simply contact Bo's Electric. Our team of experts will guide you through the process, assess your specific security needs, and recommend the best solution for your property. We will handle the installation of the access control system, ensuring that it meets your requirements and provides the level of security you desire.

Access control systems provide several benefits, including enhanced security and controlled access to your property. These systems allow you to regulate who enters your premises, providing peace of mind and protection against unauthorized entry. Additionally, they can increase the convenience of accessing your property by eliminating the need for traditional keys and providing features like remote access and intercom communication.

An access control system enhances your property's security by controlling who can access your property. This can deter unauthorized individuals from entering your property, protect valuable assets, and provide a safer environment for residents or employees.

We are a certified dealer for some of the most reputable brands in the industry, including Linear Pro Access, GTO Access Systems, Chamberlain LiftMaster, Viking Access Systems, Elite Gates, and Platinum Access Systems.

With over 50 years of experience, Bo's Electric is a trusted provider of access control systems in Florida. We are a certified installer for the five leading automatic gate openers in the industry, and we cater to both residential and commercial applications.

An access control system is a security solution that controls who can access a property or specific areas within a property. This can include automatic gate openers, key card systems, biometric systems, and more. At Bo's Electric, we specialize in installing automatic gate openers.

General

Bo’s Electric pool heaters are built with durability and precision engineering, using high-quality materials. Whether you choose propane pool heaters or natural gas options, you can count on their longevity and consistent performance.

Our heaters for pools are equipped with intuitive interfaces, making it easy to set and adjust your pool’s temperature. This user-friendly design extends to our propane pool heaters, ensuring convenient control for all users.

Yes, all our heaters for pools, including the natural gas and propane pool heaters, are designed with energy efficiency in mind, ensuring minimal ecological impact while maximizing your pool enjoyment.

Propane pool heaters from Bo’s Electric are designed for efficiency and reliability, providing consistent warmth throughout the year, making your pool inviting even on the coldest days.

All whole-house generators have a function known as exercise mode, which automatically turns the generator on at a scheduled time. Once on, the generator will typically run for 20 to 30 minutes and then shut off. This is important as it keeps everything lubricated and allows you to monitor the generator for any issues.

The generator can be programmed so that it switches to exercise mode each week on a specific day and time. After the installation is complete, the electrician will set the system so that it turns on in exercise mode. During this time, the generator will run but the transfer switch will not activate. This enables the electrician to inspect the generator and make sure that there are no leaks or other issues.

Once this is done, you can then program the unit so that it switches to exercise mode at a day and time of your choosing. It is always best to set it so that this happens when you will be home and can monitor the generator for any signs of a problem. Most manufacturers recommend that you set it so that the generator runs once a week, but some say it is only necessary every two weeks or even once a month. Whatever the manufacturer recommends is what you should follow.

 Once the transfer switch is mounted, wires are run from the switch, fed through an inlet box and then wired directly into the panel. The wires are connected to breakers within the panel. If no empty breakers are available, they will need to be installed.

However, sometimes there isn’t enough available space inside the panel. When this happens, an electrician may be able to combine some of your other circuits to free up space inside the panel. If this isn’t possible, you will either need to have a larger panel installed or move some circuits to a sub-panel.

The location of the transfer switch depends on its type and the size of your generator. In most cases, the transfer switch is mounted on the wall next to your main breaker panel - this panel is inside a garage, the transfer switch will be inside the garage. Likewise, if the breaker panel is outside of the home, the transfer switch will also be installed outside of the home.

For smaller generators powering only essentials, the non-essentials may remain in the main panel, and essentials may be placed in a sub-panel. With this setup, the transfer switch is installed at the sub-panel to ensure that those essential appliances are powered by the generator in the case of an outage.

The automatic transfer switch is what controls the generator and signals it to run whenever the power goes out. It works by constantly monitoring the flow of electricity coming into your breaker panel. When it detects that no electricity is flowing, it simultaneously isolates your home from the electrical grid and signals the generator to start. As soon as the generator starts, the switch activates so that electricity from the generator flows into your home.

Whole-home generators can run off of either natural gas or propane. If you live in a residential area, it is always best to simply tie into your home’s existing natural gas line. This is done by using a tee to connect to the main gas line and then running an additional pipe to the generator.

In rural areas without access to natural gas, you will need to have a large propane tank installed if you don’t already have one. In this case, you will also require an additional concrete pad for the propane tank to sit on. Most regulations require that propane tanks be at least 10 feet away from any source of ignition, and this includes a whole-home generator. That being said, the tank shouldn’t be much more than 10 feet away if possible as manufacturers still recommend that the generator is as close as possible to the fuel source.

The very first thing is to mount the generator outside your home. National Fire Protection Association code requires that the generator is at least 1.5 feet away from the house or any other structures. However, if the generator is located near an exterior wall with any doors, windows or vents, it needs to be a minimum of five feet away from the wall.

Most local regulations also state that the generator cannot be within five feet of your front, side or rear property lines. In addition, the generator cannot be mounted within three feet of any trees, shrubs or other vegetation. Lastly, the generator needs to be mounted so that the exhaust is pointing away from the house.

While these distances are the minimum allowed by code, many manufacturers and installers recommend installing the unit further away. You should always go with whatever the manufacturer’s recommendation is or else you could void the generator’s warranty.

Some local codes also require that the generator be mounted up to 20 feet away from the building. In this case, the generator will also need to be located in an area that is also at least 20 feet away from your neighbor’s house. These regulations can be different across counties, cities, and even homeowner associations. 

After selecting the appropriate location, a concrete pad will need to be poured for the generator to sit on. The size and weight of the generator will determine how large and thick the concrete slab needs to be. The weight of the concrete needs to be at least 125% of the combined weight of the generator and fuel, i.e. a 10,000-pound generator needs a minimum of 12,500 pounds of concrete. Concrete weighs 150 pounds per cubic foot, and this number is used to calculate how large the pad needs to be.

Natural Gas & Propane Services

Bo's Electric specializes in natural gas services in Southwest Florida. Our range of services includes sales, installations, appliance repairs, and more. We handle the entire process of setting up natural gas in your home, including running the gas line from the main supply and installing the necessary appliances and fixtures. We take care of obtaining the required permits and making the final connections to ensure a smooth and efficient installation.

Yes, at Bo's Electric, we are your fire feature specialists. We offer propane or natural gas fire bowls that come with CSA certified burner assembly. These safe and easy-to-install features can be operated manually or automated. In addition to fire bowls, we also provide services for pool heaters and tankless water heaters.

Propane and natural gas are both efficient and clean-burning fuels, making them environmentally friendly options. They are also reliable sources of energy, ensuring your home has power even during outages. Additionally, they can be used for a variety of applications, including heating, cooking, and powering generators.

A natural gas installation involves setting up the necessary infrastructure to supply natural gas to your home. This includes installing a gas line from the main supply to your home and setting up the necessary appliances and fixtures. At Bo's Electric, we handle all aspects of the installation, including obtaining the necessary permits and making the final connections.

 Our natural gas services encompass sales, service, installations, and appliance repairs. We are also your go-to specialists for propane or natural gas fire bowls, complete with CSA certified burner assembly.

At Bo's Electric, our propane services include sales, tank service, installations, appliance repairs, and more. We specialize in automatic standby generators, pool heaters, fire features, and tankless water heaters.

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