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Pros & Cons Of A Whole Home Generator

Whole Home Generator
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Generators are a great investment for homes and businesses. They provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your electricity will stay on no matter what happens to the power grid.

But not all generators are created equal, so research is important before deciding which one is right for your needs. One option worth considering is an automatic whole home generator. This post will explain what makes automatic whole house generators unique and highlight some pros and cons.

What Is A Whole Home Generator?

A whole home generator is exactly what it sounds like–a generator designed to power your whole home in the event of an outage.

They automatically turn on because whole home generators are wired into your existing electrical panel. Typically, they are fueled by natural gas or propane, although some are powered by gasoline or diesel fuel.

There are a lot of great reasons for installing a whole home generator. But there are some drawbacks to consider, too.


  • It can be costly to install
  • It may require large fuel tanks (for homes without a natural gas or propane line already installed)
  • Sometimes noisy
  • Are permanent fixtures to a home that may require HOA approval

However, the pros often outweigh the cons.


  • Professionally installed by licensed technicians from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric
  • Never shut off like portable generators
  • Do not have to be started manually
  • Provide peace of mind during a natural disaster or for vacation/rental properties
  • Can last for years

Professional Install

Nothing could be worse than depending on your generator to work in an emergency, only to discover it doesn’t. By then, getting a replacement or repair may not be possible. Because whole home generators require a professional installation, this scenario is not likely to happen.

Plus, you won’t be stuck trying to manually start a whole home generator in heavy rain, wind, or any other type of weather.

It Won’t Shut Off

An automatic whole home generator is the best choice if you want a more reliable and convenient way to power your home. A professionally installed automatic generator will always kick on and provide full backup power during any outage or emergency.

Peace Of Mind

A whole home generator gives you peace of mind and saves energy and money over time because it’s not running when you don’t need it. This is important for commercial properties like businesses or condominiums. Another consideration is for vacation or rental properties that may stay unoccupied for periods of time.

Some automatic whole home generators can also be programmed with an optional remote monitoring system that lets you monitor usage and status from anywhere in the world!

A Whole Home Generator Can Last For Years

A whole home generator is a great investment because it can last for years. Most generators have warranties covering parts and labor for at least several years. Generators’ longevity is measured by hours of usage. Most range from 1,500 to 3,000 hours of operation. With proper maintenance, it is possible to get up to 40 years of usage.

If you live in an area prone to power outages, or if you’ve experienced a power outage that lasted more than a few hours recently (or ever), then investing in one of these machines will be worth it.

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric

We hope this article has helped you understand the benefits of a whole home generator. If you’re still unsure, contact us to learn more. We supply and install home backup, portable, and business standby transfer switches.

By the way, whole home generators can take up to twelve weeks to install so don’t wait! Call us today at 1-800-475-1504.


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