3 Reasons to Install a Standby Generator

Spring is a season of contradictions. The longer days and warmer temperatures mean summer is right around the corner, but harsh storms and late snowfall remind us that there are still a few months of unpredictable weather to get through. Power outages are a common occurrence during spring storms, and many homeowners are turning to generators to ensure their electricity stays on, even when the grid is shutdown. Generators come in two design choices, portable or permanently installed. While portable generators have a lower initial cost, frequency of power outages, repair and replacement costs can quickly outweigh the initial savings. Here are three more advantages to permanently installing a standby generator in your home.

1.You don’t have to do a thing when the power goes out.

When the lights go dark, a standby generator will start up in a matter of seconds, giving power to the fridge, microwave and air conditioner. There’s no searching for the portable generator, fuel and extension cord. Newer installed models will even send you a report about the power outage, telling you when the generator kicked on, how long it was used, and when the power came back. This can be especially helpful if you’re out of town when the power goes out.

2.They last longer than portable generators.

How long your portable generator lasts depends mainly on one thing – how much fuel you have on-hand. Installed generators connect directly to your fuel source, natural gas or liquid propane, allowing for longer runtimes and enough electricity for reliable backup power for your home.

3.They’re the safer option.

If you don’t know much about electricity, a portable generator can pose a safety hazard. Most models require you to calculate the proper voltage for your appliances and remember to disconnect the utility power after a power outage. Permanently installed generators are set up by electrical contractors, who will prewire the connections. The generator’s automatic transfer switch will sense when the power goes out, or is unstable, and will switch itself on, while disconnecting utility power. When utility power comes back, the generator will reverse the process, with no work needed from you.

If you’d like to learn more about the safety and convenience of installing a generator in your home, call Master Electrical Service at 801-543-2222 or visit

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