If the weather has you thinking about buying a generator, you’re not alone. New Jersey residents have been hit hard by severe weather in recent years. Superstorm Sandy left millions of homeowners without power, some for as long as three weeks. Hurricanes and severe winter weather have an increasing number of people investing in generators to make sure they have backup power in the event of an emergency.

Standby Generators Standby generators are available in different sizes, with the deluxe models able to power everything in your home. Having this auxiliary power can make a significant difference in the impact a power outage emergency has on your professional and personal life. It’s often difficult to find a hotel during a power outage, and you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food without a working refrigerator. Also, some home security systems rely on electricity. These generators are permanently installed outside your home and look similar to a central air conditioning unit. Most models operate on either natural gas or propane and connect to the fuel lines that are currently in place. Also, when power from the utility company is lost, the electrical demand is automatically switched to the generator. Installing a standby generator can be costly and must be done by a qualified technician. Routine maintenance is also required.

Portable Generators Many homeowners opt for a small, inexpensive portable to get them through a power outage. They are sufficient to power a refrigerator and a few essentials. They do not require much space and can be used for other portable power needs at home or away. However, they do require manual refueling and can be awkward to move around, with cords stretching through doors or windows into the house.

The most seamless, convenient option is a standby generator, but you’re paying for what you get, and a portable generator may be plenty for your needs. Our team of professionals at Pipe Works Services is focused on what’s best for our customers in northern New Jersey.

We can show our line of quality Kohler generators, the most convenient and reliable on the market. Contact us with any questions about generators or any other home-comfort needs. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about generators and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

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