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Whole-House Generators: Do You Have One?

A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.With winter well on its way, you probably are thinking about a lot of different things—the holiday season, your kids getting out of school for winter break, if you scheduled maintenance for your heating system yet, and if your generator is ready in case there’s a power outage.

Wait, what’s that? You don’t have a generator in place? Or you do, and you haven’t had it maintained or checked to make sure it can handle a sudden winter power outage? Either way, you can contact our team for quality, reliable Coeur d’Alene generator services. In the meantime, read on to learn more about these systems.

About Whole-House Generators

Whole-house generators are much larger than their portable counterparts, and are installed outside of the home, just as the outdoor unit of a central air conditioner would be. A whole-house generator is permanently wired into the home’s power system and does not rely on a gasoline tank in order to provide your household with power—rather, it has its own natural gas line running to it. This ensures that your generator will always be able to provide power.

Among the most popular types of whole-house generators is the automatic standby system. This system monitors the amount of power running through the home’s power system at all times, and when the power goes out, the generator activates automatically (hence its name), and starts supplying power to the system. When the power comes back on, the generator shuts itself off.

What Are the Benefits?

There are a number of advantages to using a whole-house generator. They can provide more than enough power to keep your entire home running, first off. Portable generators are smaller, and manual. They are designed to only provide enough power to keep your lights on, and maybe some other minor necessities.

Whole-house generators are far more useful if you have higher power requirements, or have certain equipment, such as medical devices, that need to remain powered at all times. With the installation of a whole-house generator, you can rest assured that your power needs will be met even if you’re faced with a massive power outage.

Professional Whole-House Generator Installation

You shouldn’t ever attempt to install a generator yourself, regardless of what type it is. While the danger is much greater if you try to install a whole-house generator versus a portable system, it’s still a risk either way.

Since a whole-house system requires its own natural gas supply, you may need to have a new gas line installed, and this is something that should only ever be managed by a professional with proper licensing and experience, since working with gas can be very dangerous.

In addition, the generator itself is very large and heavy, requiring the efforts of multiple people to install it. If you want to have a whole house generator installed, it’s better to rely on a pro to do it for you!

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.

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