When the heavy storm season sets in, it often brings disruption in the way of power outages. If you want to limit the interruption in your daily routines despite the power failures of the season, one of the best ways to address it is to invest in a standby generator that you can rely on for backup power. This is especially important if you live in an area where intense storms are common and power failures can last for days. Here are some of the reasons you should consider a standby generator instead of a portable unit.
One of the biggest advantages to standby generators is the fact that they are a permanent installation on the property. Standby generators connect directly to your home's power grid and serve as your alternative power source. Additionally, standby generators are directly connected to the fuel source that they use, so you don't have to refill them repeatedly as you would with a portable unit.
At the time of installation, you work with the electrician to determine exactly what the generator will power. This way, you can isolate just those items and avoid supplying power to things you don't need to use in emergencies. Since you identify those items, you'll always know which appliances and utilities will work during a power failure.
Portable generators that function on gasoline power often emit carbon monoxide fumes in the house, which can be hazardous to your family's health. If you opt for a standby generator instead, there's no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about inside the house.
Portable generators require that you start them manually, which may mean having to venture out into the storm to try to engage the generator when the power goes out. Standby generators, on the other hand, operate on an interrupt switch. If the power feed to your home is interrupted, a standby generator engages automatically. Additionally, when the power is restored, your generator will automatically shut down, preserving your generator when it is no longer needed.
Before you invest in a generator of any kind for your home, it's in your best interest to explore standby generators. A residential electrician can help you assess your home and your power needs to determine if this type of generator is going to be a fit for you. If you decide to invest in one, your electrician will also help you with the installation and maintenance of the generator.
For more information, contact Kevin's Electrical Service LLC or a similar company.