If you live in an area that sees frequent or prolonged power outages due to rain, snow or high winds, you may want to consider investing in a backup power generator. Generators power things like lights, heat, air conditioning, stoves and refrigerators, allowing you to continue living comfortably at home until your power can be restored.
Generators come in two basic types: a portable version and a standby generator. Here are the differences between the two:
• Portable: It depends on the size of the unit you choose. You may be able to get one large enough to power kitchen appliances, but you might need to turn off the lights.
• Standby: Standby generators also come in a range of sizes, but they can usually power much more than a portable one.
• Portable: Portable generators can be very noisy – generally more than standby models.
• Standby: These generators usually run tests once a week for a short amount of time, so you’ll be able to hear it at home then. They’re generally quieter than portable generators.
• Portable: Thee are usually heavy, and they’re almost always fueled by gasoline. When you need to use it, you’ll have to take it out of storage and set it up. You can’t use it indoors, and you’ll need to cover it in case of rain.
• Standby: When it comes to generator installation, this needs to be installed by a professional. When it comes to using it, you don’t need to do anything; it should switch on automatically.
• Portable: You need to be present to make use of a portable generator. If you’re on a vacation, and there’s a power outage, all perishables will spoil, the sump pump may fail, and your home’s security may be compromised.
• Standby: These generators turn on automatically when they detect a drop in power. They’re connected to a reliable energy source so that you can rely on them during an extended power outage, and you won’t need to store fuel.
• Portable: You need to make sure the fuel tank is empty each time you return it to its storage place, and it still needs regular maintenance to ensure fluids and fuel are in good condition.
• Standby: Most stationary generators give you some kind of signal when they require maintenance, but you should also get them routinely checked once a year.
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