What is a Whole Home Generator?
Whole home generators provide enough electricity to operate the basic necessities inside your home for a period of days. While most power outages last only a few hours, we are seeing a greater incidence of people across the country being without power for days and even weeks. Climate changes mean that we are having a higher number of severe storms that can knock power for miles. Portable generators can provide some relief, but not for long, especially if you have medical equipment or rely on heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.
Benefits of a Whole Home Generator
Whole home generators are designed to power an entire household for an extended period of time. Other benefits of whole home generators include
- Permanently installed
- Mounted on concrete pad to withstand high winds and flooding
- Provide power to your home for days
- Connected to your home’s electrical panel
- Operated by diesel, natural gas or liquid propane
Do I Need A Whole Home Generator?
A whole home generator is sized to meet the overall requirements of your home should you experience a power outage. These pieces of equipment are most critical when power is lost for a few days and in households with small children, elderly and individuals with medical conditions. A whole home generator will keep your appliances, HVAC system and medical equipment running until electrical power is restored. Depending on the load capacity of your whole home generator, you can run the following appliances and equipment during a power outage.
- Central air conditioning
- Washer and dryer
- Laptops, televisions, desktop computers and radios
- Sump and well pumps
- Coffeemaker, microwave oven and other small kitchen appliances
- Electric stove and oven
- Medical equipment
How Do I Choose the Right Whole Home Generator?
Choosing the right whole home generator requires experience and expertise in the electrical requirements for your home. Whole home generators are not intended to power every device in your home but only the most critical. An experienced whole home generator technician calculates the load capacity that is right for your home and family situation. The technician recommends a range of generators that range from basic, budget-friendly options to full load capacity.
Can I Install a Whole Home Generator?
Whole home generators are wired directly into the electrical panel of your home, so we do not recommend installing the equipment yourself. S&S Mechanical specializes in whole home generator installation. We ensure that the generator is properly mounted on the concrete pad, and we verify that the electrical connections are safe. Our technician also tests the system and provides instruction on the unit’s operation.
Whole home generators require regular maintenance after 24 to 48 hours of continuous operation. The technicians of S&S Mechanical will come to your home during a power outage to perform the required maintenance.
Our helpful and friendly team are waiting for your call. Once you contact us about needed repairs, our technicians will arrive in easily identifiable, marked vans to provide the professional service you require. Also, ask about Gold Comfort Club membership. With that, you pay no after hour rates!