Backup Generator Installation and Maintenance
Have you considered investing in a generator? There’s no way to tell when disaster will strike and being prepared can help ensure you remain safe and comfortable, even when the power’s out.
Having a backup generator in your home isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
From heating and cooling your home to cooking, lighting, and more you depend on power to make sure life goes on as normal — even when power goes off. Whether it’s caused by a freak storm, hurricane, or downed wire, power outages can last from a few hours to days – or even weeks! That’s just one great reason why having a generator in your home is so important and there are many others.
There are two basic types of generators:
- Permanent (a.k.a. standby generators)
Just as the name implies, portable generators are able to be moved from one location to another, based on the fixtures or appliances that need to be powered. This generator option is ideal if you don’t want to make a large investment on an emergency backup source of power.
Keep in mind, a portable generator is powered by petrol, or diesel, which means you have to start them manually. As a result, if you aren’t at home when the power fails, important appliances, such as your freezer and refrigerator won’t be protected or kick-on.
Another potential drawback is that portable generators are often heavy and cumbersome to move, as well as noisy to operate.
A standby generator, unlike the portable options mentioned above, is installed outside of your home and is wired directly to your home’s electrical system. The units usually run on diesel or petrol and will automatically start as soon as any power outage is detected, which is ideal for if you aren’t home when the power goes out.
An appealing feature of the standby generator is that when the power outage is over, the unit will shut off on its own.
While a standby generator costs more initially, they supply more reliable backup power and are quieter when on. Also, these units can power much more than what’s possible with the portable unit.
If you opt for a standby generator, it’s imperative a licensed and qualified electrician installs it since it will be wired into the home’s electrical system.