Knowing Your Generator Options

Posted on: May 2, 2018

Our electrical supply isn’t what it used to be. In other words, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t experienced a power outage within the last few years. Home generators are a safe and reliable way to keep your home up and running next time an outage occurs. First things first, understanding your needs and options.

Portable Generators

What are the pros?

• Less expensive. Portable generators range from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand.

• Can power multiple appliances. No need to worry about using too much power — a portable generator can keep quite a few small appliances up and running.

• No installation costs. No professional is needed to install a portable generator.

What are the cons?

• Fuel storage. Portable generators need gasoline, which poses a few safety hazards at home.

• Short runtime. Unless you have enough gas to power your portable generator, the tank will more than likely run out of fuel in a short period.

• An abundance of extension cords. To run safely, your portable generator will need to be outside and away from your home. You will have to run an extension cord to each appliance you want to run.

• Lower capacity. Portable generators produce less electricity and won’t be able to power your AC unit or your entire home at once.

Standby Generators

What are the pros?

• Automatic operation. When the power goes out, a standby generator automatically kicks on (whether you’re home or not).

• No extension cords. These tie directly to your electrical panel, so there are no extension cords necessary.

• No fuel tank to fill. Standby generators work off of a natural gas line or on liquid propane.

• More electricity. Unlike portable generators, standby generators have the potential to power your entire home!

• Adds value to your home. If you were ever to sell, a generator is a pro on a buyer’s mind.

What are the cons?

• More expensive. All those pros don’t come without a cost — a very high one! The size of a standby generator, where its placed, and installation costs will all affect the final price.

• Requires professional installation. Since a standby generator has to deal with your electrical system, it’s best to contact a professional for installation purposes.

Contact the Electrical Experts at Midway Services Today!

Don’t wait for the next storm, give us a call today to find out how we can help you prepare and protect your home during future power outages.





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