If you live in an area frequently visited by hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms, you may loose power occasionally. This loss of power may last for hours. To avoid the inconvenience of living without air conditioning, water, or lights, I suggest you purchase a generator.
Generators come in all shapes and sizes. Generators can be portable or permanent. A portable generator comes on wheels. It usually has two handles that make it easier to pick up so you can move it around from place to place. A permanent generator, called a home stand by generator, is stationary and cannot be moved. It has an automatic transfer switch that transfers the power from your utility company to your generator which powers your house.
Here are five tips to help you decide which one is right for you. First, a portable is just that, portable. A home stand by generator is permanent. It will help increase the value of your home.
Second, a portable generator runs on gasoline or diesel fuel. You have to fill up tanks and haul the fuel to where you place the generator. A stand by generator runs on natural gas or propane. The gas company or propane company must hook up their lines to the stand by generator.
Third, you can install a portable generator. You can buy it at your local home center or hardware store. A stand by generator must be installed by a licensed electrician. He must use a forklift, or something similar, to pick up and move into it into place next to your meter panel.
Fourth, both types of generators need maintenance. You must do regular oil changes according to the owners’ manual of the manufacturer.
Fifth, a home stand by generator exercises itself every 7 days to keep the engine lubricated. It will also runs a diagnostic test to make sure it does not have any problems and that it is ready to go in a power outage. A portable does not exercise itself. You must get it out and try to see if it still works.
Do you want to wait in line at a gas station just to fill up a gas can for your generator? If you are going to evacuate for a hurricane, will you leave your automatic generator running constantly until you return? These are decisions you must make before purchasing a generator. Which generator is best for you?