While the worst of our weather doesn’t seem like much compared to other parts of the country—particularly on the east coast—this time of year, that doesn’t mean we’re immune to problems. And some might not even be weather related, such as a power outage.
This may not be a huge concern for you given that the majority of blackouts we’ve been through last hours, not days. However, keeping your heating system and other important pieces of equipment on in the case that we do have a major power outage should be a priority for you. As such, we encourage to you to consider the installation of a whole home generator.
More about Whole-House Generators
You may be familiar with portable generators, used for things like providing power during camping trips or outdoor BBQ’s. Whole-house generators, though, are much larger and much more powerful than the portable alternatives. This appliance is installed outside your home, and is permanently wired into the power system.
Additionally, whole house generators do not need to rely on propane in order to provide power. Rather, the whole-house generator system has its own natural gas line running to it, which ensures that the system always has the means to provide your home with reliable power.
One of the most popular types of whole-house generators is the automatic standby system. This monitors the amount of power running through the home’s power system at all times. When the power goes out, the generator automatically activates, and starts supplying power to the system. When your home’s power comes back online, the generator automatically shuts itself off.
Whole-House Generator Benefits
A whole-house generator is powerful enough to keep your entire home running. Portable systems, on the other hand, are designed only to provide enough power to keep a few lights on, and maybe some other minor necessities.
Whole-house systems are far more useful for higher power requirements, such as your heating system and other equipment such as medical devices, that must remain powered at all times for your family’s health and safety. With the installation of a whole-house generator, you can have the peace of mind that your power needs will be met even in the middle of a large power outage.
Only Trust the Pros for Your Generator Installation
Among the many appliance installations you should never attempt on your own or trust to an amateur is that of the whole-house generator system. Portable systems don’t require an “installation” as they are, by nature, portable after all. But a whole house generator installation is a much different story.
Since a whole-house system requires its own natural gas supply, you’ll likely need to have a gas line installed if there isn’t already an accessible line available. This is something that should only ever be handled by a professional. In fact, it’s required by law in most cities that this be done by a pro.
The generator system itself is also very large and heavy, requiring the efforts of multiple technicians in order to install it. If you want to have a whole-house generator installed in your home, it’s a much better idea to count on a professional than to leave the job to someone who is inexperienced.