A long-term electrical outage can result in burst pipes, food spoilage in nonworking refrigerators and freezers and even health problems for those who need power to keep medical equipment working. Backup generators can help you endure a sustained outage by providing power until your local utility company can restore the electricity to your home.
Standby generators are larger and more powerful models that are permanently installed outside your home. These generators also run on fuel, such as propane or natural gas, but are connected to a steady supply of fuel from the local gas utility company. Standby generators are typically designed to detect an interruption in electrical power and to start automatically when power goes out. They also shut down automatically when power is restored.
Factors to keep in mind when choosing a standby generator, include:
- Standby generators can be costly: Purchasing and installing a standby generator can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars. However, the convenience and safety offered by backup generators make them a wise investment.
- Choose the proper size: The generator you choose must be sized correctly to provide the proper amount of electricity during an emergency. Standby generators range in capacity from essential circuit models that can keep necessities powered to whole-house models that can generate enough electricity to power your home normally for an extended period.
Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal has been providing top-quality heating and cooling services to customers in Northwest Arkansas since 1968. Contact us today for more information about backup generators and for help choosing a backup generator that will provide the electrical power you need during an emergency. Please note, we do not service, sell or repair portable generators.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about backup generators and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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