When it comes to preparing for an emergency, many homeowners maintain a few days’ worth of bottled water, non-perishable foods and some extra batteries for the flashlights. To make sure you’re fully prepared for a severe storm or other situations that cause power outages, you might consider the purchase of a home generator or portable generator. There are many types of generators that can power a single items such as your refrigerator or even your entire home during an extended loss of power.
Types of Generators
If you’re shopping for a generator for the first time, you might not be sure of which type will best suit your needs for power. The major types of generators for home use include:
- Portable generators. These are usually powered by gasoline and can be moved to any location where they are needed. They’re usually big enough to power a freezer, refrigerator and a few lights.
- Home generators. These are also called standby generators and can power an entire house. They’re wired to the home’s electrical system and often include an automatic transfer switch to change the home over to generator power when the electricity goes out. They’re often powered by natural gas or propane.
Features of Generators
No matter what type of generator you select, there are several things to consider when making your purchase:
- What type of fuel does it use? Will you have access to gasoline in the event of a power outage?
- What can it power? What items in your home will need power for a short duration versus an extended power outage?
- Will you need to power many items all at the same time or just one item at a time?
- What are the starting power needs of the appliances you want the generator to run? Many appliances such as furnaces and air conditioners require more power at the start of the cycle than through the remainder of the cycle.
Situations When a Generator Comes in Handy
There are many times when a generator will come in handy. These situations include during severe weather when the electricity goes out; when power is needed for a special task on your property, such as to temporarily cool or heat an outbuilding; and during an extended loss of power. People in rural areas, storm-prone areas and residential areas with slow utility response times can all benefit from the installation of a residential generator.
Companies such as Generac make portable and standby generators to suit any homeowner’s need for power generation during an emergency situation. We can help you select the right generator for your Ridgeland, MS, home. To learn about our home generator installation specials, call us at Dent Air Conditioning any time.