Is your family prepared for emergencies resulting in a loss of power to your home? Without a home generator, you may be left in the dark.
What can a home generator do for me?
In the event of a power outage, home generators allow you to more easily meet basic life requirements until power is restored. They are useful in maintaining the operation of refrigerators, freezers, sump pumps, furnaces, stoves, lights, fans, yard equipment, and more, in the event of both short and longstanding power outages. Working much like the engine in your automobile, home generators create mechanical energy by converting fuel (gasoline, diesel, or natural gas) into electrical power with the help of a heavy-duty recharging battery.
Home generators are handy in a variety of situations:
- Blackouts: extremes in temperature and other times when there simply isn’t enough energy to meet demand.
- Inclement weather: lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms and heavy wind.
- Damage from animals: second only to severe weather as a leading cause of power loss.
- Natural disasters: earthquakes, floods and fires.
- Auto accidents: interruptions in service resulting from unexpectedly and irrevocably damaged electrical equipment.
Types of Home Generators
Portable home generators power a few basic essentials in your home until power is restored. They must be manually started and connected to necessary appliances. Portable models cost less than standby models, typically around $500-$1,500, but operate fewer appliances. They also come with the added danger of carbon monoxide risks when operated in improper locations.
Stationary or Standby
Typically natural gas or propane powered stationary generators cost more than portable models, in the $5,000-15,000 range, but can manage all or most of your home’s electrical needs when power goes out. Used in conjunction with automatic transfer switches, they turn on automatically when power goes out in order to prevent an interruption in service.
The Right Size is Essential
It is important to properly calculate the wattage on essential items you wish to run with your generator simultaneously to determine the right capacity generator to meet your needs. Be certain to discuss electrical essentials with a Mr. Electric® professional in order to prevent undersized generators and overloading at startup.
You have the power, and you can keep it on with the addition of a home generator. Contact a professional at Mr. Electric today for a free estimate and to learn more about finding the perfect generator solution for your home’s electrical needs.