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Is a Whole-Home Standby Generator Worth It?

With weather events more unpredictable than ever and the electric grid infrastructure continuing to weaken, more homeowners are looking for alternative ways to power their homes in a pinch. Standby generators are a popular option, but due to their upfront investment cost, it’s a good idea to understand precisely why they’re a superior choice.

Standby Generators vs. Portable Generators

The first thing to note is that you have two options for home generators. As you would expect, portable generators are smaller than standby generators and, as a result, pack less power. They run on fuel or batteries but also require a manual setup each time you need to use them.

On the other hand, standby generators are permanent fixtures on your property. They run on fuel and come large enough to power your entire home.

Benefits of Whole-Home Standby Generators

What makes a standby generator a better option for your home? Consider these benefits:

  • Standby generators turn on automatically during an outage, while portable generators need setup.
  • Standby generators are safer regarding fume release volume and operate outside so that no fumes can build up in your living space.
  • Standby generators eliminate the race to save food and appliances from the dangers of no electricity and growing cold.
  • Standby generators run on your home’s existing fuel supply — so there’s no separate fuel or refueling to worry about when emergency strikes.

In short, standby generators are more practical, convenient, and powerful than their portable counterparts.

When You Need a Standby Generator

You know that generators keep your house going during a power outage. Still, some specific and lesser-known reasons exist to consider investing in a standby generator. 

  • Living in a high-risk location where weather events lead to frequent outages.
  • Being away from home for long periods with food to keep safe.
  • Life-saving medical equipment like ventilators or CPAP machines need electricity to function.
  • Home equipment like sump pumps, security systems, or fish tanks run on electricity.

Standby generators go a long way to ensure the safety, security, and convenience of weathering a power outage, no matter the circumstances.

Let Comfort First Power Your Home

Comfort First Heating & Cooling has over 50 years of experience helping homeowners determine the right generators for North Carolina homes. We are dedicated to professionalism and excellence from your first contact through your generator installation or replacement. At Comfort First, we strive to create customers for life by treating you like our own family — with integrity and respect. 

Call Comfort First today at 800-279-4822 or contact us online to learn more about your options for a whole-home standby generator.  

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