Should You Invest In A Generator?

Should You Invest In A Generator?

Blackouts are nothing new. We see them happening for days on end with a bad winter storm, hurricane force winds, and extreme heat waves as they blanket our community for days.

A blackout for an hour or two might not cause problems. But what about a blackout for a day? Or two? Or three?

Today’s weather patterns seem to be getting rougher, more severe, and with it, we’re seeing rolling blackout in record numbers. And when a blackout happens, panic ensues. Big box stores sell out of portable gasoline-powered generators almost immediately. And while they may provide some support to your home, they aren’t designed to be a permanent or long-term solution.

A standby generator may be the answer.

Unlike portable generators, a standby generator is installed permanently on a concrete pad outside of your home. They are connected directly to your home’s electrical panel and powered by an external fuel supply, usually natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel.

Units range in size and capacity, running from small air-cooled essential circuit units that energize just a few circuits at a time, to larger, liquid-cooled whole-house systems that will comfortably power an entire house.

When a power outage occurs, an automatic transfer switch disconnects you from the main utility. Once your home is off the grid, the generator starts and transfers power to the home’s electrical panel. Keep in mind that these systems are fueled by the alternative fuel source and will only operate for the amount of fuel supply you have on hand.

When the municipal power returns, the switch shuts down the generator and reconnects to the grid. This seamless process makes generators ideal for many homeowners, including families with small children or homes with high-risk individuals in need of medical assistance.

Installing a generator is not a DIY project. Hiring a professional is necessary not only to assess your load needs, but also for the logistics of installing it in your home. You’ll have to determine which gas source to install; connecting to natural gas means having a high-pressure line installed is necessary as well. Without enough pressure, you risk damaging the unit. The installation also requires advanced electrical and plumbing skills, as well as knowledge of local building codes. You’ll also need permits and inspections along the way.

The best place to start is to contact us for a load analysis, to determine the best system for your needs. Whole house generators can be pricey, but the peace of mind that comes with having one in place can be worth every cent. Also, keep in mind that it can add significant value to your home.

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