The summer season is  a great time to invest in a generator for your home. Buying a generator for the first time may be overwhelming, and homeowners often ask us if they should purchase an automatic standby generator or a portable generator?

Before you make a decision and invest in a generator, determine the priorities for you and your family. For example, if your first priority is having backup household power in instances such as a storm, you will want to opt for an automatic standby generator. The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed standby generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.

If you and your family go on camping trips frequently or if you want a generator for basic home use, you may find that portable generators can come in handy. However, we recommend automatic standby generators, especially during storms and utility power outages, because they have the following advantages:

  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • If you are away from home, you don’t have to worry. They provide protection 24/7, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.
  • With an automatic standby generator properly installed outside, your building is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.

Contact us today to find out how an automatic standby generator can be a great investment for your home during the summer season.