Which Backup Generator is Right for Your Home?

generator at a Houston, Texas area home

Summer storms bring vital rain to our area, and it revitalizes the soil and helps flora grow. But, they can also cause negative, power outages. In Texas that means you could end up sitting in the dark, sweating without an air conditioner, and eating canned meals while $200 worth of food spoils in your freezer. You don’t want that, and we don’t either! So, here is some helpful information to assist you in making an informed decision about buying a generator.

There are two types of generators:

Portable: When the power goes out, you have to start a gas-powered generator. They’re easy to operate, butyou will have to connect it to either the appliances you want powered or connect it to the subpanel.

A portable generator is the easiest and cheapestto operate as it doesn’t involve an electrician having to set it up to function. The downside is you have to run extension cords everywhere you want power and you’re limited to how many things you can plug in at once (most generators have either two or four outlets). You also have to start and maintain the generator.

Once started it’s imperative you keep it away from all doors and windows leading to your home. They produce carbon monoxide which can be deadly!

Standby: These generators are powered by natural gas and propane and will start automatically once your primary source of power goes out. This type of backup generator is the more expensive of the two.

Standby generators automatically turn on when thepower goes out. You don’t have to do a thing. This is the best option if you frequently lose electricity and want to keep all or most of your appliances running. Most standby generators are powerful enough to run a central air conditioner, kitchen appliances, and other large items simultaneously. They’re also quieter than portable generators, and you don’t need to worry about running cords or storing gasoline. The drawback is the hefty price. You’ll need to have the generator, transfer switch, and subpanel professionally installed.

If you live in the Houston area and have questions about your current HVAC system, are in need of an AC tune-up, or simply have a question about your system, your friends at Air Specialist would love to help. Give us a call at  (713) 481-1305  or schedule an appointment online.