At the end of a long, cold winter like the one we’ve just experienced, it’s only logical to consider generator installation in Riverside. With fall, winter and spring storms often causing trees to fall onto power lines, we’re all familiar with the scenario of being stuck without electricity for hours and sometimes even days. And not having power is a huge inconvenience: no matter how many flashlights and candles you have, you can’t use any of your appliances, let alone any of your entertainment and communication devices. But more than that, a power failure can also be life-threatening. Your home could be without heating during extremely cold temperatures or you could be unable to power up your phone to call 911 during an emergency situation. But with a generator, you don’t have to worry about any of that.
Types of Generators
There are two basic types of generators: portable generators and standby generators. Let’s take a closer look at each.
- Portable generators are the less expensive of the two types. They run on gasoline and must be placed at a safe distance outside your home. However, this can be risky, since a malfunctioning portable generator can expose you and your family to carbon monoxide. Remember to follow all manufacturers’ operating instructions, especially when choosing where to run your portable generator.
- Standby generators require a slightly larger investment but are also a more permanent and convenient option. They turn on automatically when the grid powers down and shut themselves off when it powers up again. Because they run either on natural gas or liquid propane, the operating costs are usually lower than those of a portable generator. And since they’re installed outdoors, they don’t take up any room in your home. Plus, so long as the exhaust is maintained properly and kept clear, carbon monoxide shouldn’t pose a threat to you and your family’s health.
Of course, it depends on your specific situation whether you choose a portable or a standby generator for your home. But in either case, the team at Raynor Electric can help you install your new appliance, as well as maintain it so it functions properly for years to come. So if you’re ready for generator installation in Riverside, call Raynor Electric today!