Power Pros ; XSpec Power in South Charleston Sells, Installs and Services Residential Generators

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Power Pros ; XSpec Power in South Charleston Sells, Installs and Services Residential Generators


Calwell, Ben, Charleston Gazette Mail


bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188

As West Virginians continue to clean up from the recent devastating floods, the problems faced by those who lose their electrical power during such disasters is again at the forefront. For a South Charleston company, residential power generation is its specialty.

XSpec Power, at 515 C St., founded five years ago by Tim and Kay Cunningham, is now under new ownership. Former Walker Machinery employees Rodney Canterbury and Victor Lantz purchased XSpec Power in May. Tim Cunningham remains with the company as a consultant.

At Walker Machinery, "Victor and I had both been in the generator business for 20 years, serving industrial and commercial customers, Canterbury said.

The two business partners knew of XSpec Power's reputation in the industry and wanted to take it to a higher level. XSpec Power will continue to concentrate on residential customers, while another company, Critical Power Management, also owned by Lantz and Canterbury, will focus on commercial and industrial customers.

"We saw an opportunity to purchase a business that had a great reputation in the industry, and we felt that with our experience and knowledge with generators that we could take this business to the next level and continue to provide the support and the service to the customers that they currently have. We want to grow the residential business and continue the service and sales to the residential market, Canterbury said.

XSpec Power is a "premium dealer for Generac generators. XSpec Power also sells and installs other brands, including Kohler and Briggs & Stratton.

"We will service them and install them. We will repair any make, model or brand of residential generator, he said.

As the nation's power grid has gotten older and with more frequent and severe weather in recent years causing power outages, home generators have gotten more popular. In fact, Canterbury said home generators have attained the same kind of importance that air conditioning has attained over the years.

"People want the amenity of heating and cooling, and now they want the amenity of having backup power.

XSpec Power offers free consultations with homeowners interesting in having a generator installed. In consultation with homeowners, XSpec Power experts can advise them on the amount of generator power they would need during power outages.

"That's all included in the estimate of installation, Lantz said.

Canterbury said there is no typical, one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to home generators.

"The important thing about generators -- you need to assess each and every home, because every home is different, Canterbury said.

Important considerations include the kinds of heating and cooling a house has, the type of water heater it has and how much electricity a homeowner wants during an outage.

"Do you want to watch TV, run the microwave (oven), run both double-ovens, your (clothes) dryer, all your air conditioners or one air conditioner, all your heaters or one heater and is your house electric or gas -- there are so many variables when it comes down to determining the size of the generator needed. …

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