Considering a whole house generator to protect your home and family in the event of a power outage? Perhaps, you've found yourself in that situation in the past and would like to avoid it for the future? Or, your goal for 2012 is to be more prepared with emergency supplies and a whole house generator to fuel your lives should the power go out for an extended period of time. Think of the ways in which you rely on power each and every day. From refrigerating your groceries and medicines to opening your garage doors, heating your home, computers, and home security systems, it's no wonder we can't do without it. It's certainly a good idea to have a whole house generator if you or a loved one relies on a life-saving device. Whatever your reason, owning a whole house generator isn't so much of a luxury these days as a necessity.
In order to choose a whole house generator, consider if you need a portable or stationary unit, the amount of space you have for the unit, and the fuel source you would require. A large factor in determining this is the availability in your area. If your area is remote, gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and even propane can have limited delivery and availability in a widespread outage or in severe weather conditions. You may want to consider a wired system in this case. Wired systems offer a standby power backup that connects to the house through an operational transfer switch, preventing dangerous backfeeding. Proper ratings and installation are needed for these devices to ensure they are functional and safe when you need them most.
Whatever type of whole house generator you choose, allow a licensed Watts and Holmes electrician to perform all of the electrical connections to avoid any future problems. What's more, they will ensure it is in compliance with all local, state and federal laws/codes, along with the regulations of your local utility.
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