If you have ever experienced a sustained power outage during a freezing Michigan winter, or a hot and humid August, you have likely considered purchasing a permanent standby generator for your home.
Units can be installed by a licensed electrician to power your entire house or only the main necessities such as heating, refrigeration, sump pump and medical equipment. Let’s explore some pros and cons.
Convenient as it automatically activates to power your home as soon as there is an outage; you don’t even need to be there!
Able to safely run for long periods of time.
Weekly self-checks, so you will know if it is failing or in need of repairs, making it always ready.
Ensures a working sump pump so you don’t experience flooding on top of losing power.
Maintains a comfortable temperature, particularly in areas of extreme hot and cold, with your furnace and air conditioner.
Avoids costly and wasteful food spoilage in your refrigerator and freezer.
Prevents the shut down of life-saving medical equipment.
Continues business as usual if you have a home office or schoolwork.
Keeps you connected to the outside world via your smartphone and modem.
Adds to your home’s value and can be attractive to home buyers.
Expense. The average cost is anywhere from “$12,250 to $27,150 upfront.”
Takes up outdoor space, typically about the size of an A/C unit, and will need a cement slab.
Necessitates yearly maintenance. “You will spend $165 to $485 per year in maintenance and repair costs.”
Can be noisy, although modern ones are much quieter.
The decision on whether or not to purchase a whole house generator ultimately depends on how you experience power outages, your personal and/or family needs and your budget. The convenience and safety are a huge draw, while the expense can be a major obstacle. If cost is a barrier, consider choosing one equipped to power only the bare necessities. Finally, if you do decide a standby generator is right for you, make sure to have it installed by a licensed electrician.