Here’s why you need a Standby Generator

Extreme weather systems can result in extended power outages during the winter months, Homeowners are encouraged to invest in a standby generator. Image courtesy of The Toronto Star.

When the weather outside is frightful, a standby generator can make your life delightful in the event of a power outage.

A standby generator senses an outage, turns on automatically and delivers backup power to your home. The generator will continue to run until the utility power returns.

Without any backup, this is what you can lose:

Image courtesy of Generac Generators.

Every year thousands of Ontario homes are without power due to downed power-lines, fallen tree limbs and an accumulation of ice and snow, but power outages aren’t limited to the winter months. You can expect an outage at any time.

Ice storm 2013 – photo courtesy of The National Post

There are two types of generators homeowners can invest in depending on their needs.

Standby Generator:

A standby generator starts automatically during a power outage. This generator is installed permanently beside the home and provides uninterrupted backup power for days at a time. It is installed directly to the home’s electrical panel and is fueled by natural gas, liquid propane or diesel.

A standby generator consists of a generator unit and an automatic transfer switch. The two work together to ensure that the backup power starts right away in the event of an outage.

The automatic transfer switch is disconnected from the utility power after detecting an interruption in service. The switch tells the generator to turn on and transfer power to the home’s electrical panel.

The standby generator is powered from an internal combustion engine which is fueled by the local natural gas supply. If natural gas is not available, the liquid propane or diesel stored in the device kicks in.

Once power is restored the transfer switch will turn off the generator and reconnect the home to its utility power.

Like any mechanical device, a standby generator requires maintenance. After 24-48 hours of continuous use, a technician is required to change the oil and filter. Otherwise, this service should be performed every year.

Portable Generator:

 A portable generator is a gas or diesel-powered device that provides temporary electrical power.

Homeowners can plug electrical appliances directly into the generator’s sockets or into a sub-panel which must be performed by an electrician.

Portable generators offer a limited supply of electricity ranging from two to four outlets or a few specific circuits when plugged into the panel.

This type of generator is designed for temporary use only. A portable generator requires manual operation and close monitoring when in use. This means there is no electrical backup if no one is home. 

What does HOME SAFE prefer?

The reliability of a standby generator is priceless. A standby generator is a long-term solution that keeps your home running like normal when the power goes out. This is especially important for families powering medical equipment or home businesses.

Five Reasons to love standby generators:

1. Fast, automatic delivery of emergency power after power line failure.
2. Maintains the same comfort level, at home or at work, during an outage.
3. Keeps an adequate food and water supply during extended power outages.
4. Provides a permanent solution.
5. Remains at home, in familiar surroundings during a storm or extended power outage.

How do I install a standby generator?

A specially trained and licensed electrician, like HOME SAFE, can safely install a standby generator and calculate the adequate wattage needed to power rooms in your home.

How many watts does it take to power your home?

The following infographic shows the average wattage of devices in your home: 

Image courtesy of Lowes

HOME SAFE helps you weather the storm with a Standby Generator. To find out more about unit types and installation options, request a preliminary consultation today.

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