Electricity is one of those things that most of us don’t have to think about very frequently. We don’t often realize how many of our daily tasks and conveniences directly rely on electricity. Unfortunately, sometimes the power goes out. This could be the result of a local electrical failure, which typically lasts hours or days, or be caused by a natural disaster. Electrical problems caused by natural disasters can sometimes last for much longer. One way to be prepared for a situation like this is to install an electric generator. A generator can keep power flowing for the duration of the outage. While they are not for everyone, there are certain situations where generators are absolutely the best choice.
Who should install a generator?
Commonly, generators are used by businesses. If electrical supply is interrupted, it is in their interest to maintain normal function and be able to provide service to their customers. If they are not able to provide uninterrupted service, this could damage their business permanently. If you work a small business from home, it would definitely be worth considering using a generator to maintain normal function of your business. Finally, if you or one of your household has medical needs that require a machine to function, a generator could be a lifesaver.
What options do you have when installing a generator?
Generators come in a variety of sizes and specifications. The most obvious difference between generators will be the amount of power that they produce. Smaller (and cheaper) generators are usually set up to only provide power to a few key circuits in the house. Typically, things like refrigerators, medical devices, and other vital areas of the house that will allow you live safely while the power is out. Larger generators can supply power to a greater number of appliances, and the larger ones can typically provide enough power to keep a typical home running normally. Aside from size, you also have options for how the generator will be powered. Often generators will be hooked up to a gas line, but you may not have enough gas pressure to run a generator safely. This could cause extra fees. Additionally, you can have a generator run on a tank of fuel stored nearby. This means that you will definitely have power, but only a finite amount.
At the end of the day, backup generators are not for everyone. They provide a valuable service when you need them, but they can be difficult to install. A backup generator is absolutely not a DIY project, and should absolutely be completely by an experienced electrician. If it sounds like you could use one, take the time to hire a professional who will do it safely, legally, and efficiently.