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Portable Generators vs. Automatic Standby Generators

We live in earthquake country, which means you never know when you’ll be deprived of power in the middle of an emergency. Here in Santa Rosa, electrician services can help you install a generator to keep your home powered in the event the grid goes down. If you’re interested in a generator in your home, you need to make a decision regarding portable generators vs. automatic standby generators. The former has its advantages, though we usually recommend the latter for homeowners serious about the issue.

Portable generators benefit from being comparatively inexpensive and easy to move about in case you change homes. On the other hand, they require steady refueling and their load capacity is often limited when compared with automatic standby generators. When using a portable generator, you need to prioritize which appliances you intend to power and be ready to run extension cables to it. Portable generators also need to be placed in an area with proper ventilation, lest they spew exhaust gases into confined spaces to present a health hazard.

Automatic standby generators, on the other hand are essentially integral parts of your home’s electric system. They start up automatically the minute the power goes out, and are usually sized to be able to handle the load for your entire household’s electrical needs. Venting is taken care of during installation, leaving a formal pipe to eject harmful gases, and the generator is installed in a permanent place, meaning you don’t need to hunt it down in the event of a sudden earthquake. All of which makes it a preferable alternative, despite the added cost of installation.

Homeowners looking to add a generator in preparation for an emergency need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of portable generators vs. automatic standby generators carefully.  The local Santa Rosa electricians at Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area can help. We have years of experience installing generators of all varieties and can discuss your options with you before installing a generator that works best for your home. Don’t let the next quake catch you by surprise. Give us a call today to set up a consultation.