Choosing the right generator can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, it is important to know the different types of generators available and which one would be the perfect fit for your home.
Standby and portable generators are similar in the way they perform basic tasks, however, they could not be more different when it comes to price and convenience.
Portable Generators: Affordable but labour intensive
Portable generators are great options for those who are price-sensitive and looking for limited power during occasional power outages. Most models run on gasoline (some can run on LP or NG) and tend to be noisier and less powerful than standby generators. Having to periodically fill these models with gas can be a deterrence for some buyers, especially in the cold winter months. Compared to standby models, portable generators are less convenient due to needing to also be manually fired up and monitored. However, they are more affordable and still capable of running essential home appliances. These models are perfect for those who need essential power during brief and occasional outages and will be home to manually start it up.
Standby Generators: Convenience over price
If you are losing power frequently and for long periods of time, standby generators are a better option for you. While they are less affordable than portable generators, standby models are more convenient and powerful. These generators are permanently installed and set to automatically kick in when there is a power outage. With enough power to run all your home appliances and power systems, these models will allow your family to continue their day worry-free, while your neighbours sit in darkness. Standby generators run on natural gas or propane and can operate for days. These models may be less affordable than portable generators, however, they are more convenient and will still automatically turn on if you are not at home. This allows you to enjoy a family vacation without worrying about a potential power outage that will have you return home to an array of problems and headaches. With standby generators, spoiled food, frozen pipes and big insurance claims are all problems of the past.
Do you think a standby generator is a perfect fit for your home? At Shordee Generators, we offer the best selection of standby generators for both home and light commercial businesses in Southern Saskatchewan. With a vast selection of brands like Cummins, Briggs & Stratton, and Kohler, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your home! Click here, to try our interactive generator selector tool!