Well folks hurricane season is well under way and the time to talk about generators is here. Today I want to look at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of generators to give you power when FPL cant. Let’s start with the portable generators. A portable generator is exactly what it sounds like; it is compact in size, can be stored easily in the corner of the garage and they are relatively cost effective. A portable generator can deliver anywhere from 2,000-12,000 watts of power and the costs range from a few hundred dollars into the thousands depending on the size of the unit. Portable generators have quite the list of disadvantages.
The bottom line with portable is that if you can live with inconvenience, are very safety conscious, and it’s all about the budget then go portable, otherwise you may want to consider making the investment in a whole home standby generator. Let’s take a peek at the advantages of a whole home generator.
A generator that can power a typical 2,000 sq. ft. home will start in the range of $4,500 if you already have an older whole home generator that needs replaced. That price is based on having the transfer switch in place, along with the fuel source and all other electrical components being in good condition. If you are starting at ground zero, have no gas source and need to make modifications to the electrical system pricing will go up from there. The good news is most generator service providers offer financing. Personally I don’t think you can put a price on the peace of mind that comes with knowing no matter what is happening with the electrical main grid your home is going to have the lights and the air conditioning on. Alright kids, I’m being told I need to get my butt to Fort Lauderdale for a dead air conditioning system so until I see you again I hope you found this post slightly electrifying……….Groan.
House Whisperer out!!
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