Many questions are asked when it comes to backup generators. The first question should be:
portable generator or a standby backup generator?
Here are a few key points for both options:
Portable generators would do the trick when we are in need of power. This is the least expensive solution yet we must keep in mind “what’s the catch”. Portable generators come in different sizes, as small as 1,500 watts (one circuit) to 8,000watts (can power your essentials in your home).
Pull start units can be finicky when not operated regularly. Storage of the fuel is important to remember, and you will need to use a heavy duty rated extension cord as well. Most of the larger units can plug into a receptacle permanently installed outside connected to a manual transfer switch, your essential items (for example refrigerator, furnace, and a few lights) will be connected in a separate panel.
A permanently installed standby backup generator is connected to your existing natural gas or liquid propane, and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. They are available from 8,000watts to 22,000 watts (larger units are available). A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system through a transfer switch. You will never have to run an extension cord through a window or door again. Transfer switch can be manual or fully automatic, delivering power safely to your entire home or just the most essential items.
Manual transfer switch would need to be moved to the ON or OFF position when needed.
Automatic transfer switch operation does exactly what the name says. You do not need to be home to start or stop your backup generator, it is done for you automatically.
From Fiat to Ferrari they both will get you from point A to B…. As you can see it will depend on YOU. There is no Right or Wrong answer, as it should be determined by your budget and comfort level. We look forward in discussing your personal needs further with you.