Power outages are becoming more common in Northern Virginia and Maryland. These power outages are lasting longer and causing more harmful effects. Whole Home Generators are the answer to all homeowners for keeping their homes safe and comfortable during prolonged periods without power.There are two types of generators: Portable and Whole Home Standby. A portable generator has to be manually started and filled up with fuel or hooked up to a fuel line and connected to loads. A lot of time goes into the care for a portable generator. A whole home standby generator offers a higher power level than portables. However, whole home generators are typically more expensive but they will increase the overall value of your home. Whole home generators will start automatically when it's needed because it is already connected to not only the fuel source but the house wiring as well. It can sense when a power outage occurs and will isolate your electrical wiring or designated emergency circuits from the grid and start powering your home immediately. They will also turn themselves off automatically once power is restored.
When looking for a new whole home generator there are a few things to consider first. You should think amount the duration of time you may need emergency power, fuel availability, safety and convenience of use. By deciding which appliances and lighting you want to maintain during a power outage will help determine which generator is right for you. Listed below are a series of questions to ask yourself before choosing a generator for your home:
- What would you like to keep operating in your home?
- What is the amperage size of your main panel?
- Where is the best location in your home for a generator-to-gas hookup?
- Which style of transfer switch would be best for your home?
- Are you interested in an eco-friendly transfer switch?
- Do you want to run more appliances with a smaller generator?