When it comes to getting a generator for your home, there are two main options– a portable generator or a whole-house generator. The latter is what we install, but this isn’t the only reason we think you should choose a whole-house system over a portable one. And yes, we do believe that you need a whole-house generator.
This isn’t to say there is anything wrong with a portable system–it’s great for small needs like powering up a cooktop during a camping trip or something else of this nature.
A portable system, however, is not an adequate choice if you want to power up your entire home during a widespread power outage.
A whole-house automatic standby generator enables you to power up all the important parts of your home, from the refrigerator and water heater to your HVAC systems, and even your electronic devices and, if you have them, medical equipment needs.
Read on as we uncover 4 reasons you should consider this type of generator over the portable option.
Portable generators require a tank of propane or gasoline for them to run. This means that you will always need to have a full tank on hand if you expect to use it during a power outage and that you’ll have to buy more fuel depending on how long the blackout or brownout lasts.
Whole-house, automatic, generators, however, are hooked right up to the natural gas line that runs from the municipal gas supply to your home. This means that you’ll be ready whenever the power goes out–which is great since these outages are rarely predictable!
Whole-home generators are called “automatic standby” systems for a reason–it’s because they function automatically once the power goes out. Plus, they’re always on standby!
Granted, it’s a wise idea to have your generator professionally inspected every year to make sure it’s still in good shape. However, you don’t have 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 the power goes out.
The moment your power goes out, the whole-house automatic standby generator will “step up” to deal with the issue.
3. Improved Safety
When you’re operating your propane-powered portable generator close to your home, like in your garage, the fumes created can be dangerous for you and your family–not to mention the fire hazard risk that exists.
The whole-home system is powered by your natural gas line and can be easily ventilated to keep fresh air in your home while keeping fumes far away.
4. Monetary Savings
Generators are one of those home comfort systems that you hope you’ll never need, but you’re glad when you have them. This isn’t just because of convenience, but also because of cost.
We mentioned above how when you have a portable system, you always have to make sure that you’re stocked up on fuel. This is a cost to consider… and you also have to consider the cost of your comfort if you have to scramble on a cold winter’s night to keep warm because your heater goes out, or replace all the food in your fridge if the power goes out in the summer.