Is a standby generator right for you? Homeowners often ask us if we suggest they buy a back up system for their electric. There are many reasons why this is necessary in some cases. The most obvious is if a family member is on medical equipment that requires backup power. Equipment like this often has it’s own backup power supply. If not, then having a standby generator is a must have in our opinion.
How Does A Standby Generator Work?
A standby generator uses gas or propane as fuel. When there is a power outage, a transfer switch recognizes the outage and transfers power to the backup generator from your electrical panel. When the power returns to the home, the power is then switched back to the home’s electricity. You can have a whole house generator or a smaller unit that powers just some of the circuits. Power outages are quite frequent in some areas. In Northern Kentucky, we often have outages when extreme storms are in the area. Heavy snow and ice can down trees and cause outages too. While a portable generator will energize your home for a day, a standby generator theoretically could give energy to your home for many days.
Is A Standby Generator Right For You?
Besides the obvious need for medical patients to avoid power outages and blackouts, many people feel a backup generator would be a huge convenience. There are a few things to consider before you run out and buy one. Installing a standby generator is not a DIY project by any means. A professional electrician and plumber will be needed to hook the generator to your home. Many areas have restrictions on noise and may not approve of a generator. Other towns don’t have the current to handle a large unit. Before you consider installing a standby generator it is important that you consider all the options and research the generators that would benefit you before you decide. Is a standby generator right for you? As you can see that’s not an easy yes or no question. We would be happy to review your electrical needs and assess your home’s electrical usage to determine if you can use a standby generator and if so how big a unit would work in your home. If you have questions about your electrical usage or power, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.