Storm season is upon us, and that means a threat of losing power to your home. It’s important to have a backup plan in case your home goes dark, and that is where having an automatic standby generator comes in.
Like its name implies, automatic standby generators sense when your home has lost power and will automatically turn itself on, even if you are not at home. When it senses that power has been restored, it will shut itself off. That way, there is no need for you to go outside in a storm and turn it on manually. Automatic standby generators are a permanent solution for your home and can last for years with proper maintenance.
Keeping Your Family Safe During Long Outages
Unlike portable generators, which are handy for power loss for a few hours, an automatic standby generator is designed to provide your home with power for up to two weeks in an emergency. In that time, essential appliances and systems like your refrigerator and AC/heating unit will keep running.
Remember, an automatic standby generator is not a permanent power source. It is designed to temporarily provide power to your home until power is restored.
Be Aware of the Costs
An automatic standby generator can be a boon during storm season, but it’s important that you be aware of the costs associated with it, like:
- Purchase and installation.
- How many rooms and devices you want it to power.
- How large the generator is, which can range from 7-kw to 150-kw in order to power your desired rooms.
- Fuel costs based on how large of a generator you install.
Before purchasing an automatic standby generator for your home, consult with a professional who will assess your home and area to provide you with a recommendation.