Never Worry About Losing Power With A Whole Home Generator
Power outages are becoming more common in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Recently, these power outages have lasted longer, causing more harmful effects. A whole-home generator is the solution to keeping your home 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 caring for a portable generator. A whole-home standby generator offers a higher power level than portables.
While whole-home generators are typically more expensive, they will increase the overall value of your home. These generators automatically power on when needed because they connect to a fuel source and your home’s wiring. 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.
There are a few things to consider when looking for a new whole-home generator, such as how long you may need emergency power, fuel availability, safety, and convenience of use. 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?