With rapidly aging power grids, severe weather events, and frequent power outages in some areas, many people are looking for ways to keep their households and businesses running. Power outages are never convenient but when they happen during the peak of summer heat or a winter blizzard, they can put your family’s health, safety, and well-being at risk.
A backup generator ensures that when a heavy storm or power grid failure knocks out power, you’re protected. From appliances to laptops, a generator provides peace of mind knowing you will still have power when the electricity goes off. Homeowners can choose portable or standby generators to provide backup power.
Portable Versus Standby Generators: What’s the Difference?
Portable generators are designed to provide limited power for short-term use. They are often used on job sites to power air compressors, nail guns, and other equipment. Many people use them for outdoor activities such as camping or tailgating. There are numerous safety precautions to consider when using a portable generator. Portable generators should not be used inside a home or building because they emit carbon monoxide, which can quickly build up to deadly levels in enclosed spaces.
A standby generator activates automatically whenever there is a power disruption. These generators are permanently installed outside the home and connected to a fuel line, usually propane or natural gas. Standby generators usually have enough capacity to power a few essential items, such as refrigerators, sump pumps, and air conditioners. A whole house generator is a standby generator with more power. The added power means you can continue to use all of your appliances and electronics without interruption. When you have a professionally installed standby generator, you don’t have to worry about the safety concerns associated with portable generators.
4 Reasons to Choose a Whole House Generator
Whole house generators are sometimes referred to as a “fixed standby generator.” Whenever there is a power outage, the generator will automatically provide power straight to your home’s electrical panel, even if you’re not there. This protects refrigerated food and appliances, especially if you are away for an extended time period. When the power is restored, the generator automatically turns off.
2. Health and Safety
Keeping the power on is important for numerous health and safety reasons. Even a short power outage can be dangerous for at-risk individuals. For people who depend on an oxygen tank, CPAP machine, or refrigerated medications, uninterrupted power is a necessity. Infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals need protection from extreme heat or cold. Security systems, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors often rely on electricity to function properly.
According to the USDA, many perishable food items should be thrown out once a refrigerator has been out of power for as little as four hours. Relocating to a hotel during a prolonged outage is expensive. If power is knocked out due to a thunderstorm that brings heavy rains, a loss of power to a sump pump can result in a flooded basement. Similarly, a winter power outage can result in frozen pipes that burst and cause flooding. Many insurance companies offer a discount of about 5% on premiums for installing an automatic standby generator.
4. Protects Your Connectivity
During power outages, being able to communicate and receive emergency updates helps protect you and your family. If you work from home, you likely rely on computers, printers, smartphones, and a Wi-Fi connection. A generator keeps essential electronics charged, so you can remain connected to work, emergency services, friends, and family.
Which Type of Generator is Right For You?
When the power goes out, a backup generator is the best tool to help keep your home safe and comfortable. Selecting the right generator is not a one-size-fits-all situation. If your generator is sized too small, you won’t be able to keep the appliances you need running during a prolonged outage. If your generator is too large, you’ll end up wasting fuel and creating unnecessary expenses. A professional electrician can help determine which generator is right for your needs and ensure that it is properly installed.
Call a Local Trusted Electrician
If you are considering having a whole house generator installed, call Pallardy Electric. We can install, replace, or repair your generator, ensuring dependable service and reliable power to your home.
When you need electrical work for your home or business, call Pallardy Electric. We’ve been serving St. Charles and St. Louis counties since 2001. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured for your safety and protection. Call us at (636) 202-1794 to schedule a free estimate. We look forward to working with you.