We all know what it’s like when our home loses power -candles are lit, the air conditioner turns off, we can’t watch our favorite tv program, and the food in the freshly stocked fridge is potentially warming to unsafe conditions. Nothing in your home works anymore while a panic starts to set in over when the power will be back on. A properly installed home generator can alleviate all of these problems and provide you and your family with the peace of mind knowing that your home still has power. As we enter storm season in Northwest Arkansas, it is important to understand the advantage a home generator can offer and the information you need when choosing one.
Essentially, there are two types of generators -Portable and Stationary. Portable generators are cheaper to own, but produce less power, which means refilling with fuel multiple times a day. This type of generator is not designed for long-term backup. Stationary generators are wired directly to your home and connected to a fuel source. These generators produce more power and are capable of powering your home for a lengthy period of time. Stationary generators can also be turned on with a push of a button or automatically.
When choosing a generator for your home, there are several things to consider. Firstly, do you need a portable or stationary generator. This depends on what devices and appliances you want to maintain power during an outage. This could mean keeping power to the entire house, or just bare essentials like the furnace, refrigerator, well pump for water, water heater, and lights. Installation location is also important when choosing your generator. Typically generators are found near your home’s incoming power line, but it is also important to keep it close to a fuel source. If your home has an incoming gas line, your generator will perform better if installed near the fuel source.
The big thing to think about when choosing your generator, is the manufacturer. Dependability, durability, reliability, warranties, and guarantees are key factors that have to be understood for your generator. Kohler produces the top generators in the industry and are Mister Sparky recommended.
Now who should install your new generator??