Get Peace of Mind with Quality Standby Generators in SW Florida
Here in Florida, we see a fair share of storms that result in power outages. In a time when much of our lives revolves around the presence of electricity, a power outage can be a real hassle and even present risks to your health. Because outages are so unpredictable, more and more Florida residents are investing in standby generators to keep power flowing through their homes, no matter the circumstances. Best Home Services is here to answer some of the most frequent questions we receive from customers, providing insight to help you decide if a standby generator is the right choice for your property.
How Do Standby Generators Work?
Once installed outside by a licensed electrician, your new generator will interface with your home’s electrical system. In the event of a power disruption, your home’s power is switched from the grid to the generator. Most standby generators are powered by the same natural gas your home already uses for heat and hot water. If your home isn’t supplied with natural gas, a propane tank would then need to be buried on the property in order to supply the generator.
What Size Generator Do I Need?
The number of watts your generator should provide is dependent on the typical usage of your home. Taking a close look at your home’s energy bills may help you find a ballpark figure for your needs. For reference, a standard portable generator has on output around 1,000 watts, or one kilowatt. Standby generators can feature outputs between 7,000 and 20,000+ watts.
Will My Generator Power My Entire Home?
While you certainly can select a high-output generator to power every circuit in your home, most power outages are short-lived. Most homeowners opt for a generator just large enough to power essential circuits, such as the ones that operate the fridge, hot water, stove, and light sources.
How Long Will a Standby Generator Provide Power For?
If your home already uses natural gas or propane, you’ll never have to worry about refueling. The generator will function for as long as the fuel is flowing. However, we understand many Southwest Florida homes do not use natural gas or propane. During your generator’s installation process, we’ll discreetly bury a propane tank in your yard. As you use your generator, the tank will deplete over time and eventually need to be refilled. Fortunately, each tank is equipped with a sensor that lets the propane company know it needs fuel, and a refilling visit will automatically be scheduled. It couldn’t be any more convenient.
Will My Generator Require Maintenance?
Like any piece of machinery, a standby generator benefits from a good maintenance routine, which will reduce the risk of needing repairs, keep it functioning at optimal efficiency, and increase its overall lifespan. Enrolling in a preventative maintenance program with a trusted contractor is a great way to stay on top of generator maintenance.
What Does a Standby Generator Offer over Other Options?
A standby generator has many advantages, but the ultimate goal during a power outage is reliability. Your standby generator will automatically kick in if there’s an outage, while a smaller, cheaper portable generator won’t. With reliability comes consistency, and you’ll rest easy knowing that critical appliances or electronics, like an alarm or security system, will have the power they need to function. Another bonus is that your standby generator is fully enclosed, so there aren’t any exposed parts or pieces to worry about. Finally, standby generators are professionally installed, which means peace of mind in knowing everything is working safely and efficiently.