As pleasant as the weather in North Carolina usually is, a severe storm can rip through at just about any time and knock out the power. If a storm is damaging enough, the power can be out for days. This an inconvenience if you’ve just done your shopping and have a refrigerator full of perishables. It can be more than an inconvenience if someone in your family is reliant on oxygen and an uninterrupted supply of electricity, or you work from home and need your computer. The answer is a standby generator. It keeps your home humming when the power goes out.
Portable generators, which are typically gasoline-fueled, are less expensive than whole-house standby generators. A small portable generator can power some appliances, televisions and power tools. They need need to be powered up, and they need to be refueled. They can also be quite noisy and pose a carbon-monoxide hazard.
The better option — one recommended by the American Red Cross — is the whole-house standby generator, powered by natural gas or propane. Hard-wired into the electrical system of your home, a standby system goes on automatically within seconds of a blackout. When it’s not in use, it runs a weekly self-test to ensure that it goes on — whether you’re home or not. It can run for an extended period and power any number of appliances, ranging from your lights to your air conditioner or furnace, depending on the number of circuits you opt for. When the power goes on again, it shuts off automatically. Among a standby generator’s other features:
- Quiet operation. Some units operate at less than 70 decibels.
- Easy maintenance. An in-home automatic display tells you when the system needs an oil change or routine maintenance.
- Affordability. While standby generators were once something only the wealthy could afford, the cost has fallen dramatically over the years. Smaller units can sell for less than $2,000.
Additionally, a whole-house standby generator adds to the value of your home. Some home buyers consider a standby generator as important — or even more important — than interior features like granite counters.
If you recognize the value of having a whole-house standby generator, get in touch with Blanton’s Air, Plumbing & Electric. We can help you determine exactly what’s right for your home. We can install the generator and then help you maintain it — so that your home’s up and humming when the power goes out. We serve homeowners in the Fayetteville and Raleigh areas.