Electrical contractor in Bethesda MD,Meyer Electrical Services Inc.
Written by Walt Meyer

Why a Standby Generator Is Worth the Investment – Part 1

When a hurricane or blizzard hits your region, there is a chance that utility power will be cut to your home. As the storm rages outside, you may not have essentials like lighting, refrigeration, heated water, and home heating or cooling for several days.

Fortunately, you can have a generator ready to provide electricity in an emergency. When your home is prepared for a power outage, you will have greater peace of mind because your family will be safer and more comfortable.  

We will first discuss the advantages and disadvantages of portable generators before covering standby generators. Always work with a licensed electrician for the best results.

Portable Generators

When severe weather is on the way, people flock to local hardware stores to buy a portable generator. Typically configured with two wheels, they can be easily rolled into place. They need either gasoline or diesel, and most homeowners are able to get them up and running on their own. They are also considerably less expensive than a permanent standby generator, starting around $100.

Carbon Monoxide

The biggest drawback of a portable generator is that they have to work outdoors. They can be stolen, and there is a greater chance of electric shock with water present.

As a result, some users can’t resist running them inside a garage or even the house, and this creates a deadly hazard of carbon monoxide poisoning for those living inside.

Although a portable generator may be properly running outside, a carbon monoxide detector is necessary inside to ensure that the colorless and odorless fumes are not leaking into the house through an open window or door.

Fuel Storage Required

In order to be ready to use a portable generator, a homeowner will be required to have gas or diesel safely stored nearby. The fuel must remain fresh because stale fuel will have trouble igniting inside a portable generator’s engine. Maintaining this state of readiness may be a challenge for some people.

Part 2 will discuss the benefits of a permanent standby generator.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Generac and KOHLER Sales & Service Dealer serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We provide custom standby generator installations and are trained and licensed to perform the regularly required important factory service and maintenance. Receive a free consultation today by calling (301) 941-1400.