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What Type of Generator Do I Need?

What Type of Generator Do I Need?

Choosing the best backup power option for your Northern New Jersey home

generator Maplewood, NJ When the power grid fails in our part of the country, it can be a true safety issue. People sometimes think of blackouts as inconveniences where the lights and television cut out, and you can’t charge your phone. But if you lose power during inclement weather, your HVAC equipment won’t work. Neither will your water heater or refrigerator. That’s a bad spot to find yourself when roads may not be passable and outdoor temperatures are at extremes.

The situation can be even more dire if you rely on at-home medical equipment or electric mobility items like a wheelchair or stair lift.

Luckily, there are backup power options that households can take advantage of in Maplewood and throughout our North Jersey service region. The team at JW Pierson Co. can walk you through your home generator options.

Portable vs. Standby Generators

Power generators come in a range of sizes, prices and capacities. When deciding between a portable generator and a standby generator, you should consider several factors.

As the name suggests, a standby generator comes on automatically when power goes out. It’s always on standby. Portable generators must be set up, turned on and connected via extension cords. With that said, they can be moved where you need them, but you need to keep them outdoors because of combustion gas emissions.
Here are some other things to consider:

Portable Generators Standby Generators
Price Relatively cheap — sometimes less than $1,000 Pricier — typically $2,000 or more
Fuel Type Gasoline, diesel or a propane cylinder — requiring regular refilling. Connected to a natural gas line or your home’s propane tank
Power Capacity Can power a few appliances Can power a whole home or selected rooms or systems
Length of Power Only two to five hours of power before you need to refuel Up to a week with a propane tank. More for natural gas.

In short, you can get by with a portable generator if you don’t mind setting it up yourself during a blackout (sometimes in the rain or snow) and only need to power a handful of items for a limited length of time.

If your needs extend beyond that, a standby generator is your best option.

Choosing the Right Standby Generator

How do you know the correct size of generator for your household’s needs?

As a starting point, calculate your home’s voltage using its size and the number of appliances that require power during a blackout. We also suggest that you add 20% to your voltage calculation. This takes into account any items that need to be fully recharged when your generator comes on.

It’s also good to consider how much you actually need to power. For example, many of our customers only need to power their heating and cooling equipment, plus some lights, electronics and the fridge. They can choose a smaller (and less expensive) generator than a family that needs to power every outlet, light and appliance.

JW Pierson Can Help with Your Generator Decision.

Deciding on the best standby generator is much easier when you have a professional team to help. At JW Pierson, we provide free, no-obligation consultations for customers looking for a generator. We sell, install, and service top-of-the-line Honeywell products. Let us help you find the ideal whole-house standby generator.

Don’t wait for the lights to go out to think about your energy security. Contact us for a free estimate.