Benefits of a Whole Home Generator
What are the benefits?
Simply put, the major benefit of a whole house generator is you'll never be without power, regardless of the circumstances. The ability to switch between grid and generator power is a bonus for those who live where electrical outages are common. A whole house generator means your power is always on.
Should I purchase a whole house generator?
In South Louisiana, there will always be a risk of power outages, whether from a thunderstorm or a hurricane.
An outage is an inconvenience for some people, but for others it can be a life and death situation. If you are relying on medical equipment, such as a dialysis machine, then a whole house generator is a must because you cannot risk being without power. If you're elderly, or caring for an oxygen user, losing power for hours can cause severe problems. If you have young children, you can always be sure of warming a baby bottle when a whole house generator is installed.
And what about losing your air conditioning in the middle of August in South Louisiana? Not fun.
Which type of generator should I choose?
You can choose between a portable generator and a whole house generator that is permanently installed. A whole house generator is more expensive than a portable generator, but offers distinct advantages, such as:
- The fuel source is natural gas or LP … no more storing gasoline for a portable generator
- A whole house generator is permanently wired to your home … no more extension cords strung everywhere
- A whole house generator is fully automatic – it starts and powers your house during a utility outage … even when you aren’t home
- A whole house generator is fully enclosed with a noise level of 62-67 dBA, whereas a portable generator’s noise level can be as high as 80 dBA.
The size of a whole house generator depends on the size of the home and what will operate during an outage. A typical home uses dozens of electrical appliances, many at the same time. It is vital a whole house generator is sized correctly to meet your specific needs.
Unlike a portable generator, a whole house generator is a permanent fixture. It is designed to start automatically when you lose utility power. Within 10-30 seconds of an outage occurring, your generator will kick in. When utility power is restored, the generator will sense this and will shut itself down. It even has a weekly exercise funtion to ensure proper operation when you need it most.
Does a whole house generator require much maintenance?
All generators require some maintenance. Generally, a whole house generator should be serviced after 250 hours of operation, or a minimum of once per year.
Peace of mind
There are many benefits to a whole home generator, but the biggest of them all is knowing that you and your family will not suffer undue inconvenience during a power outage.