Keep Your Christmas Merry And Bright With A Backup Generator

Nothing could ruin the Christmas holiday more than losing power from a snow or ice event that brings tree branches down onto power lines. You can be proactive and lessen or completely eliminate the impact of a power outage with a backup generator.

What are your options in backup generators?

Portable generators

These are the smaller generators that run on gasoline and other fuels and are useful in keeping essential electrical components running during a power outage. They have electrical outlets that are just like the ones inside your home, and can power a few higher consuming appliances such as refrigerators and well water pumps as well as smaller components such as lights and TVs.

The benefits of these smaller generators is that they are less expensive to purchase and don't need to be wired into your home's electrical system by an electrician. The least expensive units will fill your essential needs until power is restored.

The drawbacks of these units is their limited capacity and the need to refuel them periodically. Because they run on fuels that emit dangerous fumes, they cannot be placed close to the house, which necessitates going out into the cold or inclement weather to refuel them.

Hardwired backup generators

These generators are more expensive than portable generators, but can supply a greater amount of power without the need for manual refueling. This type of generator is activated by a transfer switch that automatically transfers power production to the generator when the main power is interrupted.

Hardwired generators are fueled by the same natural gas that supplies heat to many homes, or other fuels such as propane for homes that are not connected to natural gas lines.

Depending upon your needed for desired backup capacity, and the amount of money that you are willing to pay, you can choose among generators that supply only enough power for essential services, those that can power your entire home, and various levels of capacity in between these two options.

The benefits of hardwired generators are their expanded capacity and the convenience of automatic switching to backup power. Of course, eliminating the need for trudging out into the weather that precipitated the outage to refuel a generator is almost worth the price in itself.

Price is the major drawback of purchasing and installing these systems. Whole house backup units can cost several thousands of dollars to purchase and to have a qualified electrician connect them to your existing electrical system.

However, if you live in an area with frequent power outages, it may be one of the best investments you can make, especially on Christmas morning. While Christmas by candlelight may seem quaint and reflective to adults in the home, the kids may not agree. To find out more, speak with a business like Chadwick Electric Services.