Hurricane is fast approaching. While our forecasting technology has greatly improved, it doesn’t completely take away the spontaneity of tropical storms. That’s why you should prepare your home for the worst-case scenarios. Power outages could last for days or weeks. It helps to have a backup generator just in case such incidents happen. There are plenty of generators out there and all of them offer a certain form of convenience. However, choosing one is a bit tricky especially if it’s the entire household that you want to run. Portable generators do just fine but they are limited to powering just a few household electrical items. You should ask your electrician regarding the capacity, installation, and type of standby generator that’s suited for your home.
Here are some of the benefits of standby generators over portable ones:
Standby generators are more dependable
Portable generators are very convenient in the sense that you can take them anywhere at any time. On average, you can get 10-11 hours on a full tank of fuel at 50% load. They are perfect for camping and other outdoor activities. However, they can only provide limited power and will only run a number of appliances at once. On the other hand, a standby generator can last anywhere from 3-10 days on a full tank. When you come to think of it, when your area is hit by a major hurricane, power could be out for days. Of course, to wire up the standby generator to your home, you will need a North Myrtle Beach electrician.
Convenience when it comes to switching power sources
If you’ve ever used a portable generator before, you already know that you need to manually turn it on to use it. On the other hand, a standby generator will automatically switch on in 10 seconds after the power from the mainline goes out. This basically means that power will only be slightly interrupted and you can resume per normal. However, a residential electrician must first set it up and hook it to your existing electrical system to make switching power sources possible.
Standby generators are built to last. In most cases, even the base models can last anywhere from 10-15 years. That’s very long service life. Even with just a few years of use, the generator can pay for itself and provide you with backup power when you need it.
Lesser noise during operation
Due to the small form-factor of portable generators, most of their design is put into power and efficiency. As for noise output, they can generate a lot of noise even for their small size. On the other hand, a standby generator can generate less noise as there are mufflers that greatly reduce the decibel range of the generated noise.
Standby generators are less of a health risk
When compared, standby generators offer less air and noise pollution than their portable counterparts. Instead of blowing carbon monoxide into the house, it directs all exhaust away from the house since standby generators are often located a few feet away from the house. To set up a standby generator for your home, hire an expert like NMB Electrician Pros.
Do you want to invest in a standby generator? Let NMB Electrician Pros help you out. You may reach us at (843) 491-4489.
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North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582