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Invest In Your Safety with Standby Generators

Investing in an automatic standby generator for your home is one of the best ways to protect yourself from insurance power outages. You don’t know when you’ll need it, but it’ll be well worth the investment when an emergency arises, or natural disasters strike.

What are Automatic Standby Generators?

Standby generators give your home or business power upwards of 30,000 watts. In comparison, portable generators have lower power outputs, ranging on average between 900-8,000 watts. These systems will keep your home running during a power outage, including using heavier appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. Automatic standby generators allow you to maintain comfort and safety levels during emergencies. It can also help save thousands of dollars in your assets that could be harmed by power loss.

Within seconds of a power outage, an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss and engages the automatic standby generator. The automatic transfer switch transfers the electric load to the generator and eliminates the chance of accidentally “backfeeding” electricity into the local power grid. Home standby generators connect to a long-term supply of natural gas or liquid propane, eliminating the need for frequent refueling. An internal engine powers an alternator, turning the mechanical energy into electrical energy and powering your home or business. When the automatic transfer switch detects power has been restored, it signals the generator to stop and restores the house’s electrical connection back to the grid.

Standby Generator Benefits

Home standby generators offer significant benefits for those seeking peace of mind and protection against power outages, including:

  • Reliability. One of the biggest reasons our customers select automatic standby generators over portable ones is due to their reliability and longevity. Standby generators run on propane or natural gas and can keep an entire home up and running for weeks.
  • Convenience. Unlike portable generators, standby generators have a transfer switch installed next to your primary power source. This allows the generator to immediately kick on when your initial power shuts down. There’s no need to turn anything on or run around trying to find a flashlight.
  • Power output. If the power goes out for an hour or two, it’s not typically a major issue. However, when power outages last for multiple hours and even days, living without electricity becomes more than an inconvenience – it’s a safety hazard. Automatic standby generators have an immense power output, providing consistent power for as long as needed.
  • Safety. Portable generators use fuel and must be nearby to connect to your appliances. This can mean exposing yourself to harmful fumes. With standby generators already connected to your home and lower fuel use, they provide added safety during uncertain times.
  • Comfort. Standby generators can keep your HVAC equipment, appliances, electronic devices and more up and running. During a blizzard or major heat wave, this can make all the difference in your and your family’s comfort and ability to communicate and stay up to date on the power outage situation.

Our Experts Can Help You Select the Right Standby Generator

Bradley Mechanical proudly offers a range of automatic standby generators to fit your budget and needs. We can help you determine the right-sized generator for your home or business. Allow our team of experienced electricians to help you find the right standby generator for your home or business. We will help you design and install a new system to keep your home safe or business running through the next power outage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a standby generator?

Power grids are rapidly aging, and sustained power outages are becoming more common with frequent weather events. As we become more dependent on electronic devices for everyday living, home standby generators can give you peace of mind knowing you’ll always have power.

What is the best fuel source for a standby generator?

Natural gas is one of the most cost-effective fuels and is widely available. Most homes already have a connection to natural gas, making the installation process a breeze.

What is involved in maintaining a standby generator?

Just like any other engine-powered machine, the maintenance of automatic standby generators involves replacing the oil, spark plugs and air filters. It’s also suggested to have the components cleaned every year.

How long does a standby generator installation take?

A typical automatic standby generator installation can take about one day to complete. It may take a couple of days if a concrete pad is necessary for installation.

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