It is observed that the demand for whole house generators is increasing and a reason is obviously behind this, and this is because we cannot let hours and days go by without power. Especially in locations where it is common to have power outages, homeowners have realized that a plan for backup power is a must have, so that there is power that kicks on immediately for hours and days needed. There is a portable generator though to power your whole house for days but you have to refuel and maintain it in the process, which is going to be an inconvenience on your part. To suit this purpose, only a whole house generator is a homeowner’s option.
Your whole house generator will function best with an automatic transfer switch because this switch will turn on the unit as soon as it detects that there is a failure in the electrical power. Instances when the voltage would suddenly drop due to fluctuation, the house is disconnected from the grid through the automatic transfer switch, and the job of giving the home a continuous power is taken over by the whole house generator at the proper voltage. What separates this system from the portable generator is that this whole house unit would automatically turn on and off which proves to be a big advantage. Thus, you do not need to go outside during a very freezing weather just to set up the unit and crank start it up.
Note that whole house generators are sold in abundance in the market. Factors that will be your basis in choosing the unit would be the size of your home, what and how many electrical appliances you want to have power during an outage, and if you want a branded unit over a lesser known manufacturer. If you are able to avoid not using air conditioning, hot tubs and other luxury appliances during the outage, you can choose to purchase a smaller and less expensive unit. A unit that is known for reliability, fuel efficiency, quietness and has the ability to generate your required power capacity with ease is your best choice and guidance when purchasing your unit.
To reiterate, among your deciding factors to purchase a whole house generator are the frequency of the power outages in your area, and if these usually happen during the winter months when it would be a challenge for you to set up and start the portable generator in the middle of a winter storm.
It is advisable to check out first the capacity your house needs, fuel requirements and the features of the unit, before you make the final decision on which unit you will buy.