If you’ve ever experienced a power outage, you know how helpless it can feel, especially in this day and age when we have become so dependent on electricity in our daily lives. In light of this, you may be asking yourself how you can be prepared for another potential power outage. In this article, we’re going to explain the why, the what, and the how, in terms of buying a generator.
Anything from hurricanes to tornadoes to severe thunderstorms has the potential to turn the lights out; and with hurricane season approaching in the Atlantic Basin (June 1st to November 30th), you can never be too prepared. In the event of a blackout, you could be left without power for hours, days, or in extreme cases, even weeks. This can turn out to be costly if you’re not ready for it. For example, food in your refrigerator could go bad, your electric car could become unusable, your home business could be put in jeopardy, or worst case, the electric medical device you rely on could be without power.
When realizing the urgent benefits of owning a generator, it is important to first determine how you plan to use it. After consideration, you have two options to choose from, both with their own sets of pros and cons:
Portable generators are a great option for temporary, mobile projects, like recreational trips, camping, and for the use of power tools where electricity isn’t readily available. These types of generators are intended only as a backup solution and, in terms of powering a household, should only be used on an emergency basis. Portable generators generally operate on propane or gasoline, though some may be powered by solar energy. Since gas-powered models emit carbon-monoxide when running, you should never run them indoors or anyplace outside that is near any windows or doors. On the other hand, solar/battery-powered models are safe to use indoors or outdoors, though should probably be used outside in order to be efficient.
Automatic standby generators are permanently installed and provide backup power protection that will grant a more stable peace of mind for your home or business during a blackout. A standby generator will normally run on natural gas or liquid propane and will work automatically in the event of an outage and shut off when the power comes back on. With a standby generator, there’s no need to manually fuel or start it, and you won’t need any of the extension cords that a portable generator would require. You’ll have the option to choose from different sizes, some offering only to back up essential circuits and some offering total coverage for a large home or business. From heating or cooling to cooking and lighting, a standby generator can source enough power for nearly all of your needs, all at once.
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