Standby VS Portable Generators
June 25, 2020
Florida is the lightning capital of the United States with an average of 3,500 cloud to ground lightning flashes per day. Usually with these thunderstorms come power outages and power surges. With a generator, you can always stay prepared when you lose power.
There are two types of generators you can choose from:
- Standby generators are installed in your home by a professional and will back up your electrical system automatically
- Portable generators power select items at a time and must be turned on manually
Standby generators are ideal for backing up your home during thunderstorms and hurricanes. They automatically start and restore the power within seconds of a power outage. These generators power critical electrical systems such as the AC, heater, well pumps, security systems, and other large appliances crucial to daily life.
Standby generators are permanently installed onto your home by a licensed professional, thus they are more expensive compared to portable generators. They require an inspection when installed and regular maintenance to prolong their lifetime.
There is no need, however, to refuel them as they run on natural gas or liquid propane. They also deliver high-quality power that will keep sensitive electronics such as TV, computers, and smartphones protected from power surges.
Portable generators are not the optimal solution to deal with power outages but can still provide some benefits. They are mainly designed for outdoor activities such as camping and tailgating. They provide more mobility but lower power source.
Portable generators don’t require installation thus can be bought at a lower cost than standby generators. They require manual starting and they usually need to be refueled with gasoline. Other models can rely on natural gas or liquid propane to function.
Overall, portable generators can provide a temporary solution to power outages. They require low maintenance and do not take yard space like standby generators. They sustain individual items such as plug-in appliances and lamps that can help around the house when there is no power.
Get A Kohler Generator from A Certified SWFL Dealer
Now that you know the difference between a portable generator and a standby generator you can better decide which one works best for you.
As a certified Kohler dealer, Empowered Global can help you obtain the generator you want and provide the necessary maintenance. Our team is highly experienced in this field and are equipped to install standby generators and make repair if needed.
We service Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero. Call us at 239-330-4520 or contact us today to learn more about our generators and services.