When the power goes out, nothing provides peace of mind like owning a generator. Owning a generator isn’t a cheap decision, so let’s take a look at what types of generators are available.
The most common type of generator that you’d be familiar with is the portable generator. They’re available at most hardware stores. Portable generators are powered by gas, and they usually offer enough power to run a couple of items in your home, such as your refrigerator. While they’ll get the job done, they aren’t the ideal generator.
Their first problem is inconvenience. Depending on the generator, you’ll usually have to walk out in the cold every couple of hours to fill them with fuel. The second problem is that when running, portable generators produce carbon monoxide. In some cases, people have been harmed because they’ve left the generator running in their garage for an extended period.
The type of generator that we’re more familiar with is the standby generator. These generators are permanently placed on a concrete pad, just like an air conditioning unit. They’re triggered by a transfer switch that detects power loss and fires up the generator.
It’s important to note that while you can buy a generator at a hardware store, you still need to have it installed by a licensed professional for the warranty. And once the generator is installed, regular maintenance is necessary both to keep it running. There’s no point in having the generator if it doesn’t start when the power goes out because it hasn’t been maintained.
We sell all generators with a 5-year labor warranty to go along with the 5-year parts warranty that the manufacturer provides. We also include 5 years of regular maintenance.
Generators are not a little investment, and they certainly aren’t for everybody. But if you have the ability to buy one, you won’t regret it on the night that the power goes out.
If you’d like to buy a standby generator for your home, call (405) 796-0320.