The Pros and Cons For Backup Generator
With more extreme weather, keeping the lights on when the power goes out is a real convenience. A whole house generator, or a home generator, backup generator or a standby generator, whether permanent or portable, can help alleviate power outage issues and enable you to continue living pretty close to normal. This will minimize down time due to power loss.
Most whole house generators run on natural gas or liquid propane to power an engine that runs an alternator to generate electricity. This electricity is available should your power cut out.
Portable generators are smaller, cheaper and don’t supply as much power. Some portable generators can still be connected to your home’s circuit breaker from outside as an alternative solution. You have to manually hook them up when you need them, and they’re noisy too. You have to add fuel and should only ever be used outside because generators produce the poison gas carbon monoxide.
Pros of a Stand-by Generator.
Convenient. Automatically starts when power goes out.
Reliable and constant (if you’re hooked up to a gas line) supply of electricity should your power go out, 24/7. This can be especially crucial if you lose power during a storm — a generator can keep your sump pumps working, helping prevent your basement from flooding. Consider a battery back up sump pump for added flood insurance.
Starts even when not home or at work. Protects your place. Your refrigerator, lights, security, even heating and cooling and sump pumps can operate.
Adds value to your building. Your power backup generator investment adds value to your property.
Cons of a Stand-by Generator.
Cost. Your backup generator will cost thousands of dollars depending on the size needed. Generally, the more it costs, the more power it can supply, so only pay for what you need.
Use. You may not use it often. But like insurance it is there when needed.
Fuel. You will need to store fuel if you choose a portable generator. Whole building natural gas backup generator is the best option.
Noise. Portable generator is noisy. Whole building generator is better but still creates more noise then your AC unit.
Maintenance. Like all equipment you will need regular maintenance. Better whole home backup generators automatically turn on to test operation. Annual maintenance can involve changing the oil as well as the filters and checking the batteries. Some models conduct self-diagnosis tests to keep on top of things, which can help.
Do You Invest In A Backup Generator?
Ultimately depends on your circumstances. If you like safety and insurance or have special needs a backup generator is a good investment. There are a variety of home backup generators and portable generators. Including solar and battery storage.
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