With weather patterns over the past few years creating bigger more devastating storms, the chances of having an extended power outage have increased. Being without electricity may not sound like a big deal, but your home depends on electricity for a great many things, both luxuries and necessities. Even if you have a furnace, a gas-powered water heater or stove, they still may be linked to electricity, either through electronic ignition or fan motors. This means you could be without heat, hot water or a way to cook your food, in addition to lights, television and land-line phone. You won’t be able to recharge cell phones and other equipment in your home, either. Facing these realities, many homeowners are choosing standby generators to prepare for power outages.
Standby generators are different from portable generators in that they are permanently installed, typically on a cement pad in your yard, and are directly connected to your home’s electrical system. They are connected directly to your home’s natural gas or propane line. Standby generators come in a range of sizes, from small models meant to power only essential circuits to whole-house models, with many options in between. Standby generators automatically kick on when the home loses its regular power supply, and turn off when the home has been reconnected.
Standby generators, while costlier than portable models, offer a seamless transition from regular to emergency power, without any hassle of connecting electrical cords or manual fueling. They will keep your food from spoiling, provide heating or cooling during extreme weather, and allow for your usual entertainment options. Plus you’ll still have hot water.
Some drawbacks to standby generators include:
- Standby generators use an outside fuel source that may not be accessible during a long-term power outage.
- A standby generator can be expensive to have installed.
- In rare cases, some communities have noise ordinances that may prohibit operating a standby generator in your yard (though they are usually quieter that portable generators).
For more answers to your generator questions, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We provide top-notch HVAC and plumbing services to the Greater Cleveland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about standby generators and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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