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4 Tips on Buying Backup Generators for Your Home

4 Tips on Buying Backup Generators for Your Home

Did you know that the US has more power outages than any other developed country?

At some point, you're nearly guaranteed to lose your electricity at home, either due to inclement weather or an overloaded grid. The solution? Buying backup generators!

This is the most reliable way to ensure your house has electricity, even if those around you don't. And, it's essential to both safety and comfort, especially if you live in a region that's prone to either extreme heat or cold. 

Not sure which system is right for you? No worries. Read on to learn about all the options for generators and find your best match.

1. Consider Your Home's Power Needs

When comparing generator costs, it's important to remember that size matters. While a smaller standby generator might be more affordable, there's a chance that it won't provide enough power for your entire home.

If you don't know how much electricity your house consumes, you can use your monthly bill as a jumping-off point. It may also be helpful to use an energy consumption calculator to determine your daily needs. 

2. Comparing Fuel Sources

When it comes to installing backup generators, your home's available fuel sources are another vital factor.

Both natural gas and LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas, also known as propane, can be used. If you don't use either of these fuel systems already, a gasoline or diesel-powered generator might be best.

Both systems have pros and cons. For example, natural gas and LPG systems can be dangerous to use during some natural disasters when gas lines can break. On the other hand, gasoline and diesel systems require trips to a fill station for more fuel.

3. Air Vs Liquid Cooling

Air-cooled generators use a fan to draw air in from the surrounding environment. As such, these systems are not well-suited to hot climates.

If you live somewhere warm, you'll instead want to opt for a liquid-cooled system. These generators draw coolant in from a radiator, much like a car's engine. 

You can read local online customer reviews for both generator types for more information on which system works best where you live. This is also a great way to spot specific models that are recommended for your climate.

4. Ease of Installation

While you'll absolutely need to hire a backup generator provider for your professional installation, it's still important to select a model that works well for your space.

Think about where the unit will sit and whether or not you'll need to make extra space there. And, remember that proper installation is the only way to guarantee safety from potentially toxic carbon monoxide, as well as other potential hazards.

How challenging your installation is will also have a major impact on how much your system costs in total. 


Buying Backup Generators Made Easy

Now that you know all the options when buying backup generators, it's time to pick the perfect system for your home and call in the experts for installation. Contact Powerhouse Home Services or call 844.671.7938 to set up a service call. Our professional team is standing by and happy to help!

Did you have some additional questions that weren't answered in this article? Stop by our FAQ page for more detailed information on finding the perfect backup generator for your home.