With increasingly tempestuous weather and often sudden cold snaps and hot waves, it is becoming more important to have your own standby generator. If you’re in the Southern Anne Arundel County and Crofton areas and your search engine now automatically fills in generator installation near me when you start typing, choose the link for Haramis Electric. We can install a variety of generators and make suggestions, as well.
People need power in their homes, not just for comfort, but also for medical needs. If you or a family member require electronic medical equipment, any power outage can be risky. Depending on the size and reason of the outage, you could be without power for days, not just hours. While the initial cost of purchasing and installing a generator may seem high, you could end up spending much more if you’re out of power and need to resort to staying in a hotel. Plus, you have the peace of mind knowing you’re protected.
The difference between standby and portable generators is that standby generators come on as soon as the power goes out, because they are hard-wired into your home. Portable generators require you to turn them on. Standby generators are preferred for a variety of reasons, including the inevitable nighttime power outage that you don’t discover until the morning when the food in your fridge and freezer may have spoiled. They also don’t require gasoline, so there’s not the same risk of fire, fumes, CO2, and shock. They also usually have much more power – typically up to 22kW – and can continue to provide power to your home for longer.
When choosing a standby generator, consider whether you prefer one that uses natural gas or liquid propane. Propane ones will require an outside tank, while gas will require specific gas lines. You will also need to determine how much power you want, be it for the whole house or specific areas/appliances. Standby generators are measured by kilowatts, with one kilowatt equalling 1,000 watts. Heating and cooling are the biggest power consumers, but these systems are often important to back up, because a power outage in freezing temperatures or extremely hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be dangerous. The larger your AC unit, the more powerful your standby generator will need to be. You will also need to determine the kind of switch that works best for your electrical service panel. Standby-generator switches track the power and turn on automatically when an absence is noticed.
If you’re in the market for a standby generator, you can skip the generator installation near me search and turn to Haramis Electric. We’re not just an experienced team of electricians, we’re your neighbors and we want to give you the best, clearest, and most affordable service possible. We will install the generator of your choice, but we are also a distributor of Generac generators, which we invite you to consider. Contact us today to discuss installing a generator. Now is the best time to do so to avoid the rush that comes with hotter or colder weather.