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Why Should I Buy an Automatic Standby Generator Instead of a Portable Generator?

Are you covered in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation that leaves you without power? It's a sobering thought, but life without electricity can be pretty grim - impossible, even, for some.

The answer is to have a generator on standby that you can use when the power goes out.

But why should you buy a standby generator instead of a portable one? Keep reading to find out.

The Lowdown on Standby Generators

A standby generator is a permanent fixture outside your home and does what it says on the tin. It stands by, ready to immediately power your home in case of an outage.

Cost Implications

Standby generators don't come cheap. In case of a natural disaster, state of emergency or power outage, though, they're worth their weight in gold.

As long as they're well-maintained and properly looked after, standby generators can last as long as you do.

Because of their price tag, these generators sometimes come with a special offer or discount, so definitely shop around and see what deal you can get.

Fuel Source

These generators run on either liquid propane or natural gas. Make sure you're prepared with enough fuel, and your home will be powered up for days on end.

Installation and Electricity Transfer

You'll need a professional to install your permanent generator. Once that's done, though, you don't need to worry about switching the power on and off.

Your backup generator will kick in automatically and power up your home. When the mains electricity is back, the generator will automatically switch off and connect you back to the grid.

Other Considerations

The benefits of having a permanent generator installed in your backyard are too many to count. But depending on where you live and your individual circumstances, they could literally save your life.

When you need special home medical care that relies on machines, a permanent generator will keep you going until you're back on the grid.

And if you live in a freezing cold climate, having a generator to keep you safe and warm could mean the difference between life and death - especially for children and the elderly.

The Need-to-Knows on Portable Generators

Portable generators are small enough to be stored in an outhouse or garage.

Cost Implications

Portable generators are certainly a cheaper option than their standby counterparts, but the reasons for this become apparent.

For one thing, portable generators carry far more safety risks and require caution during operation. You should never add fuel to a working or hot portable generator, as this can cause them to combust and explode.


You can plug appliances into your portable generator. During an outage, these generators require more setup than standby generators.

Also, always get a professional out if you want to connect it to your home - mistakes can prove lethal.

Fuel Source

They run on gasoline, so you should never operate them in an enclosed space, due to carbon monoxide buildup.

Other Considerations

These generators are far less powerful than standby generators, so you'll have to choose which of your appliances you want to power during an outage, and which you can do without.

The Bottom Line on Why a Standby Generator is the Only Way to Go

Sure, there are 2 options to go for when you buy a generator for your home. In reality, though, standby generators are the superior choice for a whole host of reasons.

Instead of picking which appliance to power, or being nervous of feeding it more fuel, get a standby generator and breathe a sigh of relief next time the power goes out.

Are you ready to ensure your comfort and safety during the next power outage? Contact us today for a free quote!

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