Portable Vs Standby Generators: What’s the Difference?

portable vs standby generatorsBlackouts do occur in the Mukilteo area from time to time. This can be debilitating for businesses and even some residences if the power outage lasts for several hours. This is why some people are investing in commercial and home power systems. This comes in the form of a standby generator, which should not be confused with a portable generator. We’ll explain the difference in a portable vs standby generators comparison.

Standby and Portable Generators Explained

A standby generator is installed to your home’s natural gas line and automatically starts within 30 seconds of an outage. These generators are permanently situated outside the home and can supply power to all major appliances and air conditioning systems. Plus, they’re also known for fairly quiet operation. Standby generators last for about 15 years and require maintenance every two years by a repair and service company.

Standby generators also add value to your property should you ever decide to sell your home. You can recoup about 50% of the generator’s cost.

We strongly recommend standby generators for households with senior occupants who rely on any form of electrically run medical equipment. Having one ensures uninterrupted operation of vital medical devices when the neighborhood goes dark.

Portable generators, on the other hand, are portable and can be kept in the garage when not in use. They’re also much more affordable, costing around $1,000 for a decent model. However, these do require manual operation. They must also be kept at least 10 feet from the home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, most portable generators are unable to power large appliances and HVAC systems.

We Supply and Install Standby Generators

Call All Points Heating to install a backup generator. With this investment, you will never have to rely on candles again in a blackout. Standby and portable generators are two viable solutions, though the former is much more convenient with its hands-off operation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Standby Generators for Mukilteo Homes

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