Talking about home efficiency is a big focus of ours and for good reason. When your home is designed as efficiently as possible, it improves not only your comfort but lowers your utility bills as well.
If there is a widespread power outage though, none of that will matter. At least, it won’t if you don’t have the right generator in place! If you don’t already have a whole-house generator installed on your property, now is the time to consider it. Read on to learn why!
The Benefits of a Whole-House Generator
When you go to purchase a generator, you have two main options–a portable system, or a whole-house, automatic standby generator. A portable system is great for small needs–say, something like powering a cooktop during a camping trip.
If there is a widespread power outage in your neighborhood though, a portable system simply cannot power up your home the way a whole-house generator will. These are the benefits of having a whole-house, automatic standby generator.
They Are Efficient
Portable generators necessitate a tank of propane or a tank of gasoline in order to operate. What this means is that you’ll always have to have the tank on hand if you have a power outage, since power outages are typically unpredictable. You’ll also likely have to buy more, depending on how long that outage lasts.
A whole-house, automatic standby generator, however, will be hooked right up to the natural gas line that runs into your home from the municipal source. This means that you’ll be ready whenever the power goes out, and you’ll never need to concern yourself with making a trip to buy more fuel, or having fuel delivered to your home when hundreds of your neighbors are trying to do the same thing at the same time.
They Are Convenient
The reason these whole-house solutions are also referred to as “automatic standby generators” is because they actually function automatically, without a signal from you or requiring you to turn them on, when a power outage occurs.
Now, you should definitely have your generator professionally inspected and maintained each year to make sure it stays in good shape, but you don’t need to worry about going out and switching anything on in the middle of a storm, or in the middle of the night if that’s when your power goes out.
The instance your power shuts off, the whole-house automatic generator steps in to deal with the problem.
They Are Safer
Portable generators are not inherently unsafe. But they can become unsafe. If, for example, you run a propane-powered portable generator too close to your home, like in your garage, the fumes that are created could be dangerous for you and your family. Additionally, it creates a fire hazard.
They’re More Affordable in the Long Run
Generators are one of those home comfort systems that you hope you will actually never need. But you’re certainly glad to have it if you do need it! We mentioned above how with a portable system you have to make sure you’re always stocked up on fuel–well, natural gas coming straight into your home is much more cost-effective.