In an emergency power loss, particularly one that lasts for a prolonged period of time, having a home generator can not only be convenient, it can be a major relief.
A home generator can do a lot to keep you and your family warm and safe in an emergency, while still helping you maintain your standard of living until the power is restored to your area.
Benefits of a Home Generator
A home generator often runs on some type of fuel like propane, natural gas or gasoline. They come in a number of different sizes and can run virtually any appliance or piece of equipment you may need them to as long as the power demand does not exceed their capacity. With the ever growing demand for electrical power in Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland, power interruptions tend to occur from time to time. In addition to these minor problems with the power supply to your home, any number of sudden accidents caused by animals or auto collisions, inclement weather and in some rare cases natural disasters, can lead to major blackouts that last for an extended period of time. Should one of these issues affect your home, having a generator on hand can keep you comfortable and can also save you money.
The generators work a lot like an engine in a car. They run on some type of combustible fuel and convert it into electrical energy that you can use in your home. In the event of a blackout, you won’t have to worry about food going bad in your fridge or freezer, nor will you have to deal with feeling too hot or too cold during winter and summer when the furnace or air conditioner won’t function. A generator can spare you from all of these potentially costly issues, while still making it possible to catch the end of the big game, finish that work or school project you have due soon, or any accomplish any number of tasks that require electricity.
Types of Home Generators
There are two typical types of generators that are found in
people’s homes. Both can be very useful in an emergency or a temporary power outage, but differ in a few essential ways. The first is known as a portable home generator, which you are probably already familiar with. These are available at most home improvement or outdoor equipment stores and range in price from $500-$1500. While a portable generator can be helpful during a short power interruption, they are not able to run any major appliances for a very long time. They can also become a little dangerous if they aren’t used in a well ventilated area, as they emit carbon monoxide exhaust.
The other type of generator is known as a standby or a stationary generator. These are permanently integrated into your business or home’s electrical system and are used in conjunction with an automatic transfer switch that is triggered when the power goes out. Due to their sophistication, the standby generator costs more than a portable generator, and requires a professional installation. With the help of Highmark Electrical, you can soon have a reliable stationary home generator that can handle all of your electrical needs.
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