Whole House Generators

Introduction

There are a lot of reasons to be aware of whole house generators, but the most common one is electricity outages due to weather.

Overview

When we think about disasters and emergencies, we often like to think about the consequences in terms of exterior damage and losses. Yet many homes suffer significant losses during emergencies, both large and small, because they don’t have a backup generator that can power their essential items when an interruption occurs. We sometimes think of a generator as something you only need when your home is in the midst of a disaster, but unless your electric power is guaranteed to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for however many years you own your home, there’s a good chance that you’ll need one.

House Generators for Backup Power Supply

While generators are an excellent source of backup power for residential homes and commercial buildings, most people have no idea how they work or what they’re capable of providing. The following information is designed to fill in the gaps and give you some insight as to how these devices work and what they can do for you. The biggest question is may I use a generator for my home, so let’s talk about that first.

No-frills models offer the convenience of being portable: You can carry them anywhere with no gas or oil needed. And in most cases, they don’t require an outside electrical source, which enables them to be used with batteries or solar power. Best of all, they can be used just like a portable generator or transfer switch.

Today’s generators can provide power for your entire home. You can get complete backup power, whether you need to run light fixtures, provide heating and cooling or run appliances as if the electricity were still on. It’s not difficult to get a generator that matches the needs of your home and family. Some systems are small enough to sit in your garage while others must be installed in an outbuilding with its own source of electricity or external fuel supply.

Some of the best brands for whole house generators include:

Generac

Briggs and Stratton

Kohler

Lennox

Amana

How Expensive Are Whole House Generators?

It’s relatively common for home generators to cost $1,500 – $10,000, and the model you choose will be dependent on the size of your home and the needs you want to support. This is particularly true for backup generators rather than whole house generators.

Most homeowners should consider a model with a capacity between 5,000 to 7,500 watts for their basic needs. That should be enough to run essentials during an emergency without breaking the bank. But if you need to run a gaming console or large TV for an extended period of time, you may be facing a large bill.

Available Models

Depending on the model and brand you choose, your generator could be portable or stationary. Portable generators are easy to transport and can typically be moved from one area of the home to another. Stationary models are mounted between two points in your home and feature more power capacity than their portable counterparts.