Summer is one of our favorite times of year, but there are times when Mother Nature can intervene to cause some inconveniences. A severe thunderstorm or tropical storm has the ability to knock power out in a region for hours, days, or even weeks. And as we remember from Hurricane Sandy, the threat of a hurricane is there this time of year as well.
Once you have decided to make an investment into a generator in the event of an outage, the next thing you will need to consider is whether you should go with a standby generator or a portable generator. A standby generator may cost more initially, but it is an automatic and permanent solution that can offer its owner(s) convenience when the lights go out for a little while.
Why Do You Need Power in the First Place?
If the power goes out because of a storm or mechanical issue, some families might be okay for a short while. Maybe going without the television or internet for a day might even be a good thing. But if the power goes out for an extended period of time, power will be needed to power the refridgerator, air conditioner, and cell phones. Also, some people need power for medical equipment and other applications that they can’t do without.
Automatic standby generators start when the power goes out. They are powered by propane or natural gas. Propane is often the best choice because it has a lower startup cost, and propane can be kept in an independent propane tank system on the owner’s property. These tank(s) can be stored underground or above ground depending on the preference of the owner. We encourage you to contact us to learn about our Bucks County and Hunterdon County propane services.
Unlike portable generators, which have finite capabilities, automatic standby generators can ensure homeowners maintain safety and comfort during the worst of a storm. Homeowners also don’t have to worry about refueling the generator in the middle of the storm, which they likely will if they use a portable generator. While portable generators may be a good option for homeowners who want a temporary solution and only need a few items powered, standby generators are an insurance policy for those who deal with many outages and cannot go without an interruption of power.