It is officially that time of the year when the weather is almost impossible to predict. One day it's sunny; the next, there is a blizzard on the forecast. Whatever the case may be, installing a generator is probably a good idea. February and March are great times for portable generator hookups and stand-by generator installations! Both generators provide you with your power needs, but they are different in their abilities and how they function. Read on to see which generator would be a good fit for your home or business.
What is a portable generator?
A portable generator is a flexible backup generator that provides power during an outage. This generator typically runs on gasoline or propane or can be connected to a breaker panel. Portable generators are considered flexible because you, as the installer, decide when and where it is set up.
Benefits of a portable generator
A portable generator is more cost-friendly than a stationary backup generator. When searching for a portable generator, there is an extensive range of options. This variety allows buyers to choose a generator that fits their needs and is within their price range. Many startups or small businesses opt for a portable generator because they do not yet have the money to spend on a standby generator.
Easily Transportable and Accessible
One of the portable generator's most appealing features is that it can go anywhere. The portable generator is compact and lightweight, so your generator can be moved around your family property, company facility, or even on the road for an offsite project. Something important to note is that portable generators should be kept outdoors because their engines emit strong fumes.
Not only can they be used anywhere, but in several different ways! Portable generators have multiple features that allow them to provide power efficiently. These features include but are not limited to, different options for fuel type, power supply voltage switch, and the ability to run for extended periods of time.
Common ways to use a portable generator
To power small essential appliances during a power outage
To power electronics in a home or small business
To charge an electric car
Can allow some businesses to continue running during a power outage
Can be used at offsite projects to charge power tools/equipment
What is a standby generator?
Another type of generator is a standby generator, also known as a stationary generator. A standby generator is permanently connected to your house or building’s exterior and runs on gasoline or propane. Stand-by generators are typically more expensive than portable generators, but for many buyers, the price is worth it.
Benefits of a standby generator
Automatic access to power
Modern standby generators are created to automatically turn on as soon as a power outage is sensed; this detection can be within seconds. This also means you do not need to go outside and turn on your generator for your house or building to be powered.
You don’t have to refuel it
As stated, standby generators are connected to your house and its fuel line. With that said, there is no need to refuel your generator. This makes the process easier and safer, especially if a storm is going on outside.
High power output
Standby generators are much more powerful than portable generators. The generator power required depends on the size of your home or building and the power needs of those inside. A professional electrician can help you find a unit that fits your needs.
Common ways to use a standby generator
Keep the refrigerator/freezer running in your home, store, or restaurant
Keep your sump pump running to avoid flooding
Keep furnaces/ACs running during a power outage
Keep businesses open during an outage - especially important for hospitals, police stations, firehouses, etc.
At Electrical Plus, our trained technicians are licensed and have the skills and education to handle every job with expertise and professionalism. Homeowners and business owners trust us to handle various commercial electrical services, including generator installation and maintenance. Visit our services page to see how we can help your home or business, or contact us today for a quote!