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Benefits from Portable and Standby Generators


Portable generators are usually thought of as a quick solution in an emergency situation such as a storm. They are not intended to be used for long periods of time since they usually consume gasoline and are noisy to operate.

Some things to consider about portable types:

– They can be easily moved from location to location, according to where it is most important that you have emergency power.
– They are less costly than permanent types.
– They run on gasoline. Because gas stations may not have power either, make sure you have plenty on hand before the power goes out. Plan on refilling the tank every few hours for the duration of the outage.

You’ll also need to keep the oil changed regularly.

– You must manually start and stop the equipment, so the power may be out for a while if you are not home when the loss occurs.
– Appliances and systems that you want to power must be manually plugged in through a central hookup or directly to the generator.


Standby generators are a more permanent option that automatically turn on when the electric power fails. The homeowner doesn’t need to do anything to operate the equipment. A switch monitors electricity and moves the power to the generator within a few seconds of a power loss. They are installed outside of the home, much like an HVAC unit, and are fueled by propane or natural gas. You can choose to power specific appliances, certain rooms, or your entire home.

Features of the standby types include:

– They are permanently installed, so you don’t have to worry about dragging it out of a shed or some other place when you most need it.
– The equipment automatically powers important appliances and systems, such as lights, HVAC systems, refrigerators, security systems and more.
– Since it is exposed outside your home, make sure it looks nice and is in a location that is aesthetically pleasing in the neighborhood. You’ll also want to make sure it’s not in an area that is at risk of flooding.