Every Floridian who has had to live through a power outage understands the benefit of having a whole-house generator. Without electricity, life grinds to a halt. The internet goes out, your AC stops working, and your food can start to go bad. Not only is this unpleasant, but, in some cases, it’s also dangerous. Pets, children, and the elderly can overheat, and other serious problems may arise.
In the case of a severe storm or hurricane, you could find yourself without power for days or even weeks. Installing a whole-house generator is the best way to keep your home and family safe and comfortable during power outages.
Whole-House Generators vs. Portable Generators
Many homeowners start off with a portable generator before realizing that they’re better off with a whole-house model. The convenience, safety, and value whole-house generators offer make the extra upfront cost well worth the investment.
When the power goes out, your whole-house generator will automatically kick on. You won’t have to pull your generator out of storage and brave inclement weather while you connect it to your transfer switch and fire it up. Your whole-house generator will also provide enough power to keep everything in your home running at once. This means you can keep your home cool, your appliances running, and keep the kids entertained with TV and electronic devices.
While a portable generator requires you to store large quantities of gasoline mixed with stabilizer, your Detwiler installed whole home generator will run off of propane or natural gas.
Propane tanks are easy to keep topped off. You can even choose our Autofill service so you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll never run out of propane.
Depending on the size and model of your propane generator and tank, you can typically count on it to run for days or even weeks at a time without refueling.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), between 2005 and 2017 more than 900 people died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while using a portable generator. While many of today’s portable models have additional safety features, the best way to ensure your family’s safety is to choose a whole-house generator instead. Since they’re professionally installed in a permanent location, there’s no chance of CO poisoning.
It’s true that a whole-house generator is a fairly big investment. However, it will earn its keep every time your power goes out. When properly maintained, they typically have an expected lifespan of 20 to 40 years.
A whole-house generator will add value to your home and is a big selling point for many Florida homebuyers. In addition, since it provides clean and stable power, it’s the best choice for protecting the sensitive electronics found in many modern homes.
Choosing a Whole-House Generator
Once you’ve decided that you need a whole-house generator, it’s time to evaluate your options. If your home has natural gas lines, then you may want to consider purchasing a natural-gas-powered generator. Since this isn’t an option for many homeowners, propane is generally the optimal choice.
Next, you’ll need to decide whether you only want to power the most important appliances – like your refrigerator and air conditioning – or if you want to power your entire house. Once you’ve made this decision, there are formulas you can use to calculate your power need. This number will help you determine your ideal generator size. You’ll also need to know the amperage of your electrical service panel so you can choose the right automatic transfer switch.
Some whole-home generators also have advanced features, like built-in WiFi and a wireless monitor. If these features are important to you, make note of that as well.
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