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Whole-Home Power Generators in Fairfax County

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Keep Your Family Safe & Comfortable With a Whole-Home Generator

Power outages are happening more often than ever in northern Virginia and Maryland, lasting longer and causing more harm.

Whole-home generators are becoming a popular way for homeowners in Fairfax, VA; Leesburg, VA; and surrounding northern Virginia and Maryland areas to keep their homes safe and comfortable during prolonged periods without power.

Today’s backup generators are quieter, more reliable, and offer the convenience of auto start and practically infinite run time. When the power goes out, a standby generator turns on automatically, protecting you and your home 24/7.

With a standby generator, your family can maintain everyday necessities like heating, cooling, refrigeration, and lighting.

Whole-Home Automatic Standby Generator or Portable Generator?

A portable generator needs to be rolled out from storage, filled with fuel or hooked up to a fuel line, manually started, and connected to loads. In contrast, a permanent standby generator starts automatically because it’s already connected to both the house wiring and the fuel source.

It can sense a power outage, isolate your electrical wiring or designated emergency circuits from the grid, and start powering your home immediately.

Whole-home standby generators offer power levels higher than portables — their rating ranges anywhere from 5 kilowatts up to hundreds of kilowatts. This makes them the best choice for dealing with a long-term power outage.

While the initial cost is higher than a portable generator, a whole-home generator will increase the value of your home.

When power is restored, a portable generator has to be switched off manually. A whole-home generator will connect you back to the utility lines and turn itself off automatically. You don’t even have to be home to switch it over.

What To Look for When Choosing a Whole-Home Generator

Aside from wattage, consider the length of time you may need emergency power, fuel availability, safety, and convenience of use.

By selecting which appliances and lighting you want to maintain during a power outage, you can calculate the power needs of the designated circuits and select a generator that can maintain the proper wattage for your application.

Most residential generators can run on both natural gas and LP (propane). Your installer will do a simple field adjustment to convert the generator to your available fuel source. A whole-home generator will be permanently installed in a location that provides easy access to your home’s electric and fuel supply and that minimizes the risk of exhaust fumes entering the home.

If you live in a larger-than-average home or have high-powered electrical appliances, your home will need a larger generator with more output.

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Here are some questions you should ask yourself before choosing a generator for your home:

  1. What would you like to keep operating in your home?
  2. What’s the amperage size of your main panel?
  3. Where is the best location in your home for a generator-to-gas hookup?
  4. Which style of transfer switch would be best for your home?
  5. Are you interested in an eco-friendly transfer switch?
  6. Do you want to run more appliances with a smaller generator?

Have backup generator questions? The experts at F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical can help you select the best whole-home generator for your family’s needs and budget.

Contact our team today to learn more and get started.

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