Electrical Generator FAQ
Provident Electric Answers Top Questions About Generators
We know there’s a lot to consider when you’re in the market for a generator. Provident Electric can help you understand the facts about generators so you can make an informed decision. Let’s go over some frequently asked questions about generators.
What Are the Different Types of Generators?
There are two main types of generators that can provide electricity to your home in case of a power outage:
- Standby Generators – This option is connected directly to your home’s electrical system, so it automatically starts up during a power outage. Standby generators tend to cost a few thousand dollars or more, but they are a popular choice due to their reliability and power. They cannot easily be moved once installed, so the location on your property is an important factor to consider.
- Portable Generators – This generator must be connected to your home’s electrical circuits manually during an outage. Although this is inconvenient, many people opt for portable generators because they typically only cost a few hundred dollars. They are portable and small generators, which is great for storage, but they offer less power than a standby generator.
It’s worth mentioning that each type of generator has various options to consider. For instance, there are standby and portable generators of varying sizes and power capacities, along with different fuel requirements.
How Do I Determine Which Generator is Best For Me?
That will depend on you and your family’s needs. You’ll want to choose a generator that can produce enough electricity to power your appliances during an outage. Think about which appliances you’d like to use during a power outage, then check the wattage requirements for those appliances. After you add that information up, choose a generator with the wattage capacity you need. Budget is also an important factor to keep in mind when choosing a generator, so we’ll go over that next.
How Much Do Generators Cost?
Portable generators usually cost a few hundred or a thousand dollars. Standby generators, including Generac generators, cost a few thousand dollars or more. However, the price of the generator isn’t the only cost to consider. Both types of generators involve maintenance, repairs, and fuel costs as well. If you opt for a standby generator, it’s important to get it installed by a qualified electrician to avoid damage to your home’s electrical system, injury, or death.
Contact Provident Electric for Assistance With Generators
Provident Electric can provide all the help you need to ensure your generator is in working condition. Our skilled electricians can recommend the best location for your standby generator, then safety install it for you. We can also help out if your generator requires maintenance and repairs. If you need generator help in the Frederick area, call us at 301-620-2227 or contact us today!