Should You Get a Backup Generator for Your Home

The way the weather is these days, you never know when a massive storm is coming your way… complete with power outages. When power outages affect a large area, it’s nothing but heartache and headache.

The food in the refrigerator and freezer spoils. The temperature goes out of control in the house. You lose the ability to have hot water and access to your stove and oven. TV is out of the question… even your internet goes silent.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A backup generator can eliminate this problem when bad weather comes to call. A portable generator can help, but can also be frustrating to keep running. The best solution is a whole-house backup generator. Let’s take a look at the whole house backup generator and what it can do for you.

Benefits of a Standby Backup Generator for Your Home

A whole-house backup generator will pay for itself every time the power goes out. It’s an investment in your home and will boost the resale value of it as well. Even if you’re not at home, your backup generator will kick in and keep your home and its contents safe until you return.

Critical systems in your home stay up and running. The air conditioner continues cooling your home, your internet stays up, hot water stays intact, and your food stays cool or frozen until you’re ready to use it.

Considerations When Purchasing a Backup Generator for Your Home

FUEL SOURCE – You’ll have three choices when it comes to the fuel source for your backup generator… natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel. If you want it to run on diesel, you’ll need to go to a top of the line generator that’s liquid-cooled. You’ll spend more money this way, but it’s the absolute best out there.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO POWER? – The more systems and devices you want to protect, the more powerful and more giant (and usually more expensive) generator you’ll need. Your needs will determine what size generator is right for your home.

SELECTING A TRANSFER SWITCH – It depends entirely on what you are planning to use your generator for, but the best option is an automatic transfer switch. This type of switch will allow the generator to monitor your electricity, and automatically turn on when it senses a power outage. This also has the advantage that we mentioned earlier, of sustaining power to your home… even when you’re away!
Installing the Whole-House Backup Generator.

It’s important to say that this is not a DIY installation project. You’ll need the help of a licensed and insured electrician to install and connect your generator. If you’re thinking about a generator purchase, consider giving us a call at Deshaies Electrical Services. We can help you through the planning stage right up until the installation is complete!

Don’t risk losing power to your whole house during nasty weather! Call Deshaies today, and we can talk about your best options!