Home Standby Generators

A home standby generator allows you to power your home when your electricity fails during a power outage. The generator is installed outside the home and provides backup power. Standby generators work much like heating and air conditioning units only they use an engine and do not require electricity in order to operate. There are many types, sizes and styles of home standby generators available, many which can be connected to natural gas lines. Others may operate from a liquid propane gas tank that is installed in the unit.

A home standby generator offers many benefits over standard portable generators. The main difference in standby and portable generators is the fact that a home standby generator will come on automatically when your home experiences a power outage. When the power is restored, the generator turns itself off. You do not have to manually turn on the generator in order to have power in your home. They do not require power cords and do not operate on gasoline so there are no tanks that need to be refilled. Home standby generators are much more economical than standard portable generators and completely eliminate the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is important that you understand that most home standby generators will not power your entire home. While you can certainly purchase a model that is large enough to provide power to your entire home, these are very expensive. Most people choose smaller models that that provide around eight to seventeen kilowatts and can run the most critical outlets in the home. These are powerful enough to ensure that your refrigerator and freezer remains powered, protecting your food and can also run several other appliances.

A home standby generator is typically encased in aluminum or steel which provides protection from weather and other outside elements. Those who live near the coast where salt is evident in the atmosphere may find that aluminum is much better for withstanding corrosion and rust. It is important no matter where you live that you have routine maintenance performed to ensure that your standby generator operates properly. Depending on the specific type and brand of generator that you purchase, you should expect several years of use from the unit provided you have regular maintenance performed.

Choosing the right standby generator for your home will depend on many different factors. While a power outage is an inconvenience to most everyone, there are things that you can certainly live without for a few days if needed. Those who have special medical needs such as oxygen or electronic respirators should ensure that their chosen generator will power all of their medical equipment. In order to choose the correct size of generator for your home you will need to look at your circuit-breaker box. You should select the specific number of circuits that you want to power in the event of a power outage, for instance, your hot water heater and other needed appliances. Depending on the specific size and type of standby generator that you purchase you may find that you cannot power all of your larger circuits. Choose the ones that are most important to you should a power outage occur. You will need to estimate the wattage that your home will need in the event of a power outage. Once you have chosen the appliances that you want the generator to power, simply check the circuits for the correct wattage. You will also need to choose between an automatic and a portable system.

Most home standby generators are automatic, which are an excellent choice particularly if the power outage is caused by storms or inclement weather. This gives you the ability to power your home without actually having to go out in the storm in order to turn the generator on. The generator will automatically kick on, which is another benefit as you have no interruptions in your power.

Finally, you will need to determine just how much you can afford to spend on your standby generator. Portable units are much less expensive but simply do not provide the benefits of automatic units. You may also want to check the unit for maintenance requirements to ensure that maintaining it will not be a burden. For an automatic unit, you should also inquire about the cost of installation as these units tie directly into your home’s electrical system and should be installed by a licensed electrician.

This Home Standby Generators Review is Written/Updated on Nov 26th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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