Fall is coming right up and winter will be hitting us before we know it. Crazy, right? Something that we’re all too familiar with that comes along with the colder months is some heavy snowfall and with heavy snowfall, power outages tend to happen. Of course when people lose power, you lose all things electric within your home. This including lights, electronics, and let us not forget the heat. A good way to avoid sitting in the dark and the cold when and if your power goes out this winter is a whole house generator.
A whole house generator, or a standby generator, is a machine that is permanently installed on a concrete pad and will automatically kick on, whether you are home or not, to keep your power in your home going. How this works is standby generators have an automatic transfer switch that can detect when the power grid goes down. Once the switch flips on and starts the generator, power is then transferred from the electrical grid to your home’s electrical panel. This also works in the same fashion when power is restored to the electrical grid; the transfer switch will detect it and transfer power from your home’s panel back to the grid. These generators can provide your home with days’ worth of power, but after having them running for up to 48 hours, it is recommended that you have someone come out to service them. You also don’t have to worry about extension cords and running them through cracked windows or doors with standby generators either. With these generators, they run off of your home’s natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel. Most generators are powered by natural gas that is kept in the heart of generator in what is known as an internal combustion engine. If natural gas is not an option for you or your home, then liquid propane or diesel that’s located near you in a large tank will also work.
A simple 7kw generator will consume anywhere between 140 cubic feet of natural gas which equals out to be roughly $2.23 per hour, so the higher the kilowatt you get, expect that dollar amount to keep going up as well. The wattage size and the dollar amount isn’t the only thing that will keep growing either. With a 7kw generator, you’re looking at a generator size that’s comparable to a trash can. If you go with a generator ranging in size from 20kw to 48kw, expect it to roughly be the size of a two yard dumpster.
Don’t let the cost of a whole house generator scare you out of buying one, because you should take into consideration of everything that will be getting powered in your house. Something else to take into consideration is what would happen if the power was to go out and you don’t have a generator? Did you know that just by your refrigerator/freezer not working/running properly, you could lose anywhere between $250-$500 in wasted and spoiled goods? I’m not sure about you, but that’s a lot of wasted food and money! Also, in the drastic case that your power is out for longer than a day or two, you would probably need to seek alternative shelter. Most people do have relatives and/or friends to turn to, but if you don’t you might be out S75-$150 for said alternative shelter such as a hotel room.
If whole house generators sound like something that might be good for you to purchase for your own home, you can call either one of our two locations:
our main office in Prestonsburg, KY (606) 949-1114
our secondary location in Lexington, KY (859) 280-9025.