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Get To Know: Whole Home (Standby) Generators

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Does the thought of a power outage leave you feeling powerless? It’s time to take control with a home generator. This comprehensive guide will help you understand home generators, their benefits, and how they can be a life-saver during power outages or emergencies. 

Let’s start with the basics.

What is a Home Generator?

A home generator is a device that provides electrical power to your home during a power outage. From powering essential appliances like refrigerators, heaters, and lights, a home generator ensures your home continues to function even when the main power grid fails.

How Does a Home Generator Work?

Home generators work by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. When there’s a power outage, the automatic transfer switch of the generator detects it and turns on the generator. Once the main power grid is back up, the transfer switch also automatically shuts off the generator.

Types of Home Generators

Home generators come in two main types: standby and portable generators.

Type 1: Standby Generators

Standby generators are permanently installed outside your home and can automatically provide power during an outage. They are connected to the home’s electrical system and a fuel source, such as natural gas, propane, or diesel.

This type of generator is used in residential, commercial, farms, schools and even public infrastructure.

The key is that standby generators provide an automatic, immediate source of power when the main power supply fails, making them suitable for any situation where uninterrupted power is critical.

Benefits Of A Standby Generator

While portable generators do have their benefits, such as mobility and lower initial cost, standby generators are generally more convenient and powerful, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners.

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Type 2: Portable Generators

Portable generators are mobile units that need to be manually started and can provide temporary power. They run on gasoline or propane and must be used outdoors due to exhaust emissions.

These are typically used for camping, RV living, remote emergencies and other outdoor activity uses.

Benefits Of A Portable Generator

While standby generators offer automatic operation and higher power, portable generators provide flexibility, mobility, and cost-effectiveness, which can make them a preferred choice for some users.

When Would You Need a Generator?

Remember, unlike portable generators, standby generators start automatically when there’s a power outage and stop once the power is restored, providing a seamless transition and peace of mind.

Generators can save the day by ensuring you have a consistent power supply in these situations.

Making an Informed Decision - What Size Generator Do You need?

When choosing a generator, consider factors such as power output, fuel type, noise level, and price. Compare different models based on these factors to make an informed decision. Check out our generator buyers guide for more info and a deep dive.

⚠️ It's essential not to over or under estimate your generator needs. Call a reputable electrician in your area for accuracy.

Weather The Storm With Haines Electric.

Investing in a home generator from us ensures you're never left in the dark. Our high-quality generators offer a reliable and efficient power solution to suit a variety of needs.

Don't wait for a power outage to realize the importance of a dependable power backup.

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