If you live in an area that is prone to thunderstorms, you never know when your power will go out. In some cases, your power could be out for hours. If you're tired of having to replace soiled food when the refrigerator gets too warm and other inconveniences, consider purchasing a generator. Below are three different types of generators to help you find the one that is best one for you needs.

Portable

A portable generator is beneficial because it can be easily moved from room to room. It runs on AC power and, depending on the wattage you purchase, can power appliances, window air conditioners and lighting. The portable generator constantly runs so it can get noisy. It also requires that you fill it up with fuel on a daily basis.

Small Inverter

A small inverter generator is less expensive and requires less fuel to operate than a portable generator. The inverter draws power from a fixed source, such as a solar panel or a car battery. The electronic circuitry receives DC power and then inverts the DC power into AC power. This allows the electrical signal to have a constant flow to keep your appliances constantly powered while your electricity is out. It can run a few days before you have to fill it up with fuel.

Standby

A standby generator is permanent and is placed outside your home. This generator has an internal motor that is powered by your home's gas line. This means you will never have to fill it up with fuel.

You will not have to do anything when your power goes out because this generator has an automatic transfer switch that instantly turns on when your power goes out. When your electricity comes back on, the generator will automatically turn itself off. It can provide power for your entire home and even keep your HVAC unit running so you can stay cool. If you choose this type of generator, you should hire an electrician to install it for you. This will ensure it will work properly for you.

Talk with an electrician, like those at Conway Electric, about the amount of wattage you will need for your generator. This will depend on what you want to power, such as a few appliances or your entire home. The electrician can also show you how to properly use the generator you choose so it will be safe for you and your family.  

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