There are many benefits to having a generator system, especially if you are living in the more rural areas. The rural areas have a tendency to lose power more often than the urban areas for various reasons. If a wildfire occurs in a rural area, the utilities are usually cut. It is unknown when those utilities will be restored. It is important to have another source of power and water during that time.
In more urban areas, if you are trying not to live off a generator and power your whole house, it is nice to have a one that you can plug a few circuits into during an outage. An electrician recommends keeping your refrigerator and water going as well as some basic lights.
One benefit an electrician often sees to having generators is helping to run medical equipment for people in their homes in both rural and urban areas. Again, when the power goes out, it is usually unknown when the power will come back on. It can be a few minutes to a few hours, sometimes days during severe weather. The generator helps to fill that gap and keeps critical equipment going.
Many different types of generators are available. An electrician is a great resource to help you decide what generator is best for your home. The type of generator you choose depends on how many things you want to keep going when the power goes out. However, when you do decide to install a generator in you home, this is something you should not be doing yourself. Installing a generator is something an electrician should be doing.
Some safety precautions need to be met when you are supplying power to your house. If your generator is supplying power to your house at the same time the utility company restores your power, you have two sources of power that are fighting each other. This can cause an explosion. Is it important to follow the instructions on how to install and operate a generator to prevent this from happening. Be sure to ask an electrician about what steps to take if a generator is not working properly.
It is important to remember that a generator is designed only to be used as a secondary or back-up source of power. Like all equipment, it needs to have routine maintenance and will eventually need replacing. While there are benefits to having a generator, make sure to weigh the all the costs associated with having one. Installing a generator in your home will ultimately come down to whether having power during an emergency will outweigh the costs.