Power outages can happen at any time, but severe winter weather makes blackouts all the more likely in northwest Arkansas. When a power outage occurs, having a standby generator on hand can keep your warm and bright while everyone around you is in the dark.
Blackouts can occur with little or no warning, and depending on how your household appliances are set up, you could lose heating and cooling capabilities as well as your sump pump, lights and refrigeration. Your basement could flood, your food might spoil. A power loss over the course of several days can be expensive and dangerous, not just inconvenient.
You can take a number of different precautions to help you ride out a power outage, but a standby generator is one of the most convenient and reliable. Unlike portable generators, which you have to start manually whenever you need power, a standby generator protects your home automatically, whether you happen to be home when the power goes out or not. The generator is permanently installed, and it begins producing power as soon as it detects an outage.
Standby generators also typically run on natural gas or liquid propane vapor, which means that you won’t have to deal with gas or diesel fuel like you would with a portable generator, and the same goes for the spills and fumes that can be associated with gas generators.
Standby generators are usually 10,000 watts or higher, and a variety of different models are available depending on how many essential circuits you need power for. Standby generators are more expensive than portable generators, but advantages in technology have allowed the prices to come down considerably. Which type of generator is best for you depends on your budget and your household’s power needs.
If you’d like more information on backup generators and how to prepare for a power outage, you can contact Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal. We’ve been serving northwest Arkansas with expert HVAC service for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about standby generators and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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