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What Is a Home Standby Generator & How Does It Work?

When your electricity goes out, you can use two types of generators to restore your home’s comfort and safety: a portable generator or a standby generator. Portable generators rely on fuel and need to be close to your home, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. On the other hand, standby generators are permanent backup systems that run on propane or natural gas. When a power outage is detected, these generators turn on automatically to power your entire home or just the appliances and electronics you’ve deemed essential. Standby generators will continue to work until power is restored to your home.

When You Need a Standby Generator 

Standby generators are used whenever there’s a power interruption, whether due to a storm or a grid infrastructure problem. While all homeowners should consider an investment in whole-home standby generators, they are especially useful for these scenarios:

  • Someone in the home uses critical medical equipment
  • You live in an area that faces extreme heat or extreme cold
  • There are infants, elderly, or other vulnerable persons living in your home
  • Your home has a sump pump

Benefits of a Standby Generator

There are numerous benefits to having a standby generator in your home, including those listed below: 

  • Nonstop use of medical equipment
  • Constant access to appliances
  • Flood prevention with uninterrupted use of your sump pump
  • Continued use of heating and cooling systems
  • No danger of losing food due to spoilage
  • More convenient than portable generators
  • Security and communication systems stay powered when you need them most

Signs Your Generator Needs To Be Repaired or Replaced

To ensure your generator is ready when you need it most, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect it and watch for signs it may need to be repaired or replaced like those below:

  • Visible damage to the enclosure or electrical component
  • The generator starts up more slowly than normal
  • Power is inconsistent or nonexistent 
  • The generator is producing odd sounds or odors
  • The unit is more than 20 years old
  • You haven’t run the generator in more than six months

Choose Comfort First for Your Generator Needs

Comfort First Heating & Cooling can help if you’re considering a whole-home generator. Our highly trained team of experts can assess your home and recommend a generator that suits your needs and budget. We are licensed and insured, guarantee our work, and have flexible financing options. With our upfront pricing and quality installation procedures, you can trust our work and products to keep your home comfortable and your family safe.

Book standby generator installation today. Call Comfort First at 800-279-4822 or contact us online to get started.

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