It is important to be familiar with the major components of a home wind generator, whether you are planning to build your own from a set of plans, put together a kit, or purchase a ready-made unit. Let’s start from the ground up, so to speak.

First of all, wiring and a battery function to relay the created energy to your storage. If the power your home wind generator makes is put to use immediately in your electrical system, a battery may not be part of the scheme.

Every home wind generator is mounted to either a stand – a durable mast that affixes to the house and gives stability, or a tower, if the unit is free-standing.

The front of the actual generator features blades and a hub. The blades, usually 3-5 in number, catch the wind and turn with its power. The blades are attached to the hub, which features bearings to allow for the smoothest possible rotation of the blades.

The hub and blades are mounted to the body, which stabilizes the whole unit, but also typically houses the motor. When some hear that a home wind generator has a motor, they think something is amiss. Why would a home wind generator be motor driven? It isn’t. The motor is what converts wind energy into usable power with sophisticated technology that is used in most forms of electrical power-generating turbines including a series of magnets.

Finally, the tail of the home wind generator is that which the wind moves, much like a weather vane, to keep the blades directed optimally, catching the most wind, for maximum conversion to the energy you need.

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