things you need to know about a stand by generator

by Ann Triune

The thought of owning your very own stand by generator seemed outrageous just a few years back. Only big companies and businesses needed stand by generators to supply electricity in case of an outage. No one would have ever thought that it would someday become an indispensable apparatus in the common household.

Nowadays, using a stand by generator at home is not so unusual. Being almost totally reliant on electricity to perform different tasks, families just couldn’t afford to risk losing electricity during a power outage. And if you really want to be able to live life as you do everyday even when a power outage occurs, consider getting a stand by generator.

What is a Stand by Generator?

When an electric generator is permanently installed, this is what you call a stand by generator. And just as with any electric generator, it powers electrical devices in case of a power outage. This works similarly with your air-conditioning unit, but has 2 major differences.

Instead of having an electric motor, which is present in your AC unit, the stand by generator runs on an engine. So, when a power outage occurs, your AC unit is sure to cease functioning while your stand by generator is still capable of functioning.

The stand by generator also uses an automatic transfer switch as opposed to the thermostat in your AC units in monitoring utility power. When a power outage occurs, the switch automatically turns the generator on, without any manual supervision. When power is restored, the automatic transfer switch turns the generator off.

Is a stand by generator better than a portable generator?

It all depends on what meets your needs. If you’d rather have a generator that is light, and can be transported anywhere, a portable generator is definitely right for you. On the other hand, a stand by generator is recommended to those who do not like having to turn the generator on every time a power outage occurs. A stand by generator also means not having to carry it with you, no power cords, and no need to fill up the gas tank.

OK. Now I know what a stand by generator is. What’s the first step in choosing the right one?

First, decide whether you want to power the whole house or just the important parts like your office, bedroom, or kitchen.

If you want to be completely protected from a power outage, it is better for you to decide on a stand by generator that powers the whole house. However, stand by generators that power the entire house come in a hefty price tag. A 20-kilowatt liquid-cooled generator costs anywhere from $6,725 to $12,500. And this amount still does not include installation costs and the automatic transfer switch.

Stand by generators that power mission-critical circuits are also available to those who cannot afford an expensive generator. These select circuit standby generators can power about 8-16 circuits and can cost you anywhere from $1,999 to $3,850, including the automatic transfer switch.

Investing in a stand by generator is a wise decision. If you have the financial resources to power the whole house, go for it. And don’t worry if you don’t. There are several ways available for you to revive as many parts of the house as possible.

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