Home Backup Generator Services
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. Here’s what you need to know about home backup generators and what they can do for your family during emergencies.
How Does a Backup Generator Work?
Working much like the engine in your car, 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. In the event of a power outage, home generators allow you to more easily stay safe and comfortable until power is restored. A generator can keep your refrigerator, freezer, sump pump, furnace, stove, lights, fans and more operational when you experience a power loss.
Home generators are handy in a variety of situations:
Extremes in temperature can prevent the power grid from generating enough energy to meet demand.
- Inclement Weather
Lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms and heavy wind can knock down power lines and damage transformers.
- Damage from Animals
Destruction of power equipment by animals is second only to severe weather as a leading cause of power loss.
- Natural Disasters
Earthquakes, floods and fires cause widespread power outages for millions of consumers each year.
- Auto Accidents
Cars colliding with power poles cause unexpected interruptions in service by damaging electrical equipment.
Types of Home Generators
Portable Home Generators
Portable home generators power a few 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 to $1,500, but they can only operate a few appliances at once. They also come with the added danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if they are operated in improper locations.
Home Standby Generators
Home standby generators are typically powered with natural gas or propane. Used in conjunction with automatic transfer switches, they turn on automatically when the power goes out in order to prevent an interruption in service. But that convenience and peace of mind will cost you: home standby generators cost between $5,000 and $15,000. The investment may be worth it when most of your home’s electrical devices seamlessly transition to backup power whenever your electricity goes out.
The Right Size Is Essential
It is important to properly calculate the total wattage of the devices you wish to run with your home backup generator. This will tell you what size of generator you need to meet your needs. If you’d like to discuss electrical essentials with a Mr. Electric® professional, we’ll help you prevent undersized generators and overloading at startup.