If you live in an area with frequent storms or frequent power outages, you know just how important it is to have power. You have food in your fridge, and a lack of power in your home is inconvenient. It makes sense to prepare for the next power failure by purchasing a generator. Read on to learn whether to buy a standby or portable model is right for your Baker, LA, home.

Installing the Generator

If you want a generator that’s permanently installed in your home, a home standby generator is for you. A certified comfort specialist installs it in your home, makes sure it works properly and performs routine maintenance. If you don’t want a generator installed, a portable generator is right for you. However, you’ll need a place to store it when it’s not in use.

Refueling the Generator

Unless you have a generator that can run on solar power, you’ll need some way to fuel it. A portable generator uses gasoline to power electricity for your Baker, LA, home and needs frequent refueling. A home standby generator runs on natural gas or liquid propane, which doesn’t require you to go outside during a thunderstorm or a hurricane to refuel it.

Starting the Generator

A standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out. As a result, you never have to worry about sitting in the dark for hours at a time. With a portable generator, you’d have to start it manually by pulling a cord.

What the Generator Can Power

There are limits to what a portable generator can power. Basically, you plug what you want to power into an extension cord and plug it into the generator. On the other hand, a home standby generator can power high-wattage appliances such as an electric stove or HVAC system.

Damaging storms can happen any day of the week, and it can take days for power to come back. Contact Central Heating & Air today to learn more about our home generator services so you’re not left in the dark the next time a storm hits.

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