Does My Home Need a Standby Power Generator?

Standby power generatorPower outages are a source of discomfort for many homeowners who have to weather a storm or other natural disaster. It is for this reason that people usually resort to getting a home power generator to get through any unscheduled power interruptions. One of the options available is the standby power generator, which can seamlessly provide uninterrupted electricity to a home during an outage.

However, is getting a standby power generator for your home really worth it? There are actually several things you need to consider before investing in one.

What Is a Standby Power Generator and How Does It Work?

Many confuse standby power generators with backup power generators. And while both have the same function of providing electrical power to a building, there are some fundamental differences that need to be defined between the two.

Standby power generators are permanently installed, usually on a concrete pad outside of the premises, and provide uninterrupted power to a building. It has an automatic transfer switch that is tied into your home’s existing wiring system, which then turns on the generator once there is a utility power outage. This switch also transfers priority back to utility power once the outage is over.

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These generators are usually powered by an external fuel source, such as diesel, liquid propane or natural gas. Standby power generators also come in various models that vary in size and the power output that they supply.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Standby Generator

With all the advantages that standby generators have, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before sinking your funds into this investment.

  • Cost Factor. In general, standby generators tend to be bigger than your standard portable backup generator. As such, its capacity to power more circuits comes at a substantially bigger price. Homeowners would do well to choose a generator based on the size of their home and what they can afford. A quality standby generator with a power capacity of around 7 to 12 KW has a rough price range of around $3,000 to $5,000. You also might want to consult with a professional on what kind of power generator would work best with your home, based on the number of appliances you expect to be running during an outage.
  • Installation Challenges. Installing a standby generator can be quite tricky, considering that there may be several city ordinances that you might be breaking with its installation. These generators typically produce a lot of noise (somewhere around 62 decibels), which can breach most noise ordinances inside the city limits. In addition, placement of a generator also requires it to be at least 5 feet away from the house and 5 feet away from any flammable materials.
  • High Maintenance and Upkeep. Because standby generators need to run continuously for a period of time, it eventually needs proper maintenance to be able to run at optimal conditions. Most professionals advise a change of oil and filter after around 10 days. It is also best to get it serviced after having it run for more than 24 hours of continuous use.

Climate Partners specializes in the installation, maintenance and repair of all types of standby power generators in the greater Connecticut area. If you need professional advice regarding energy solutions for your home, then get in touch with us through this number: 203-263-1068 You can also reach us through our contact page.

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