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When power is cut off for an extended period of time, some consumers flock to hardware stores, DIY home centers and other retailers to purchase portable generators. A portable generator is sometimes viewed as the appropriate option when it comes to delivering backup power in an emergency situation or blackout.
However, it's important for people to know they have options when it comes to safe, reliable backup power. In addition to portable generators, there are permanent standby generators that automatically turn on when the utility power fails. The homeowner does not need to be present to operate the generator. A transfer switch automatically monitors utility power and transfers the electrical load to the generator if power is lost usually within 10 seconds. A standby generator is installed outside the home, much like a central air conditioner, and runs on propane or natural gas. It powers critical appliances and systems: lights, furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems, office equipment and delicate electronics.
Here are some fundamental differences between standby and portable generators.
Standby vs. Portable
Standby generators range from 8 to 125 kilowatts. It's important to choose a standby generator that meets your needs and lifestyle. If you simply want to power a few key appliances in a large home, or everything in a smaller home, an 8- to 20-kilowatt generator may serve you well. If you have a large home and want to keep everything powered up, a larger generator will be required.
To determine what size generator you need, contact a local power professional (dealer) or licensed electrical contractor familiar with standby generators. Before you meet with a contractor, you may want to get some estimates from an online sizing tool such as the calculator found here.
However, enlisting a licensed power professional is essential to determine the right size for your needs. They will also help you comply with any municipal codes governing proper installation, including:
In addition to selecting the size of the generator, don't forget about its appearance. A generator sits outside your home – permanently, so look for a unit with a bold, clean look and one that is corrosion resistant, particularly in salty air or moist environments.
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