The more our daily lifestyle depends on electricity, the more you may want to invest in a generator. Grid power isn’t guaranteed. News reports abound about power interruptions from hurricanes, earthquakes or even just severe thunderstorms common in these parts. In addition, the capacity of local utilities is increasingly outstripped by demand and power brownouts or blackouts occur. A permanent home generator system constantly monitors grid power. When an outage is detected, it provides backup power almost instantaneously. Here are some of the reasons to invest in a generator for those occasions when utility power is unreliable.
- Permanent installation. The output of most portable, gasoline-powered generators usually isn’t designed to back up home circuits. In the event of a power outage, these generators require occupants to deploy the units a safe distance from the home to avoid carbon monoxide dangers, as well as connect long extension cords to distribute power throughout the house—another hazard. Portable generators also must be manually fueled and started.
- Automatic response. A home generator system requires no action by the occupants to restore electricity. When the grid goes down, the system activates the generator within seconds. The generator output is permanently wired into the home’s electrical panel and a controller automatically switches home circuits over to generator power. When utility power is restored, the system switches back to the grid and shuts down the generator.
- Reliable fuel. Backup home generators typically use natural gas fuel that’s already piped into the home for heating and cooking. The natural gas supply is more reliable and seldom interrupted by storms and other natural events that may cause electrical outages.
- Custom sizing. A home generator can be selected to provide a range of backup coverage. Some models accommodate pre-selected “critical circuits” only, to keep the most vital household functions powered up. Whole-house generators completely replace utility power, providing sufficient output to handle all electrical demands of the home.
If you’re ready to invest in a generator, let the experts at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal answer all your questions. We’ve served the homeowners of northwest Arkansas for 45 years.
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