Standby Generator vs. Portable Generator: Which Is Right For My Home?

Standby Generator vs. Portable Generator: Which Is Right For My Home?

Standby generators and portable generators are both used to supply emergency power to a home when the main power source goes out. A standby generator is permanently installed on the outside of a home, while a portable generator is typically stored in a garage, storage shed, or basement and brought out to use when necessary. In this article, we’ll talk about the differences between these two types of generators so you can make an informed buying decision when planning for your next power outage! If you’re a resident of Southeastern Massachusetts that is considering investing in a permanent backup generator for your home or business, contact RCA Electric & Generators today!

Differences Between Standby & Portable Generators

As mentioned above, standby generators are permanently installed outside a home while portable generators are, as the name would suggest, portable! While the portability of a portable generator may seem like an advantage, they’re actually much more inconvenient to set up and run when the power goes out. Most portable generators require you to fill them with gasoline, which is not always possible to acquire during snow storms or other harsh weather conditions. Standby generators, on the other hand, automatically power on and begin to run within seconds of the main power going out. Another big difference between these two types of generators is the amount of power they have the ability to supply. Permanent standby generators can supply power to your entire home (and all the appliances in it) while portable generators only have the ability to power a few appliances. Most portable generators do not have the capacity to deliver enough electricity to power electric heating, cooling, and other major appliances. One more advantage of a permanent standby generator (that we’ll mention in this article) is that it will increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell. If you are a resident of New England or a climate with frequent storms, we strongly recommend investing in a permanent standby generator rather than a portable generator!

Contact RCA Electric & Generators!

If you have any additional questions about home backup generators, please don’t hesitate to contact us! RCA Electric & Generators proudly provides sales, installation, and maintenance services for Generac home backup generators throughout Southeastern Massachusetts & Cape Cod! Contact us today by giving us a call at (508) 428-0449 or by filling out the contact form on our website!

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