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Standby Generators for Backup Power

Learn about the advantages of standby generators with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

With summer weather comes unpredictability and summer storms. When the power goes out, it’s important to be prepared. One way to prepare for any power outage is with a backup generator. When you’re shopping for a backup generator, there are two types to choose from: portable generators and standby generators. Each one has their own pros and cons: cost, reliability and lifespan. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can choose the generator that will work best for your home and family’s needs.

Portable Generators

Standby Generators as Backup Power
When the power goes out, a backup generator can provide the power you need to keep going until the power is back on. Learn about choosing between a portable or standby generator with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you want to use a portable generator as a backup generator for your home be aware that they can only produce enough electricity for a few household appliances, such as a refrigerator and a few lights. You will not be able to run your entire house on a portable generator.

They typically have a 7 to 8 gallon fuel tank and can consume a gallon of fuel in one hour, even at a 50% load. A portable generator is run on gas, the engine exhaust can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because of this, a portable generator needs to be at least 10 feet away from your home in an area with free air movement. However, it also needs to be protected from the elements. If you plan on using a portable generator, factor in a DIY enclosure or a store-bought one.

Standby Generators

A standby generator is connected to either a natural gas or propane. When there is a power outage, your standby generator has a sensor that flips on the backup power. It also has the ability to power all of your appliances in the case of a power outage.

There is no need to refuel your generator as long as it is connected to the gas line. While a standby generator is more expensive, it also lasts longer–about 15 years. A professional will need to install your generator, but the peace of mind knowing that your appliances won’t fail in a power outage, whether you’re home or on vacation, can be worth it.

Choosing between the two comes down to your budget, and what your family needs if there is a power outage.


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