It’s not easy to be without electricity, which is why it’s important to have a generator. There are different types of generators that you can chose from including portable and standby. A portable generator sounds good, but if you don’t know all the facts before you buy, you might be singing the blues the next time you lose power.
I’ve Got the Power! With a portable generator, you’ll have the power once it’s set up. When the lights go out, a few steps are involved to get you up and running. You’ll have to plug in outdoor extension cords, fill it with gas, position the generator so fumes won’t get inside and run extension cords through an open window or door. Portable generators are ideal for camping or tailgating events where temporary power will come in handy, but in a severe weather situation, a portable generator will not offer a long-term backup power solution. It’s also not a realistic choice for hard-wired appliances and critical systems such as your sump pump, well pump or heating and air conditioning system. And those items can have the biggest impact on protecting your home and family.
So Far Away. Although a portable generator is convenient, there are some things to consider. If you’re home when the lights go out, you know exactly what to do to get your portable generator up and running. What if you’re not? If the power goes out when you’re away, you’ll be singing a different tune. If no one’s home to set up your portable generator in the event of a power outage, you may lose everything in your refrigerator and freezer. Your home freezer going out is a nuisance, but what if it’s your business? Your profits could easily melt away.
I’m Easy. Unlike a portable generator, a standby generator is permanently installed on your property. Can you count to ten? When the power goes out, your Kohler standby generator can restore power to your home in as little as 10 seconds. No extension cords, no heavy lifting.
Start Me Up. A standby generator allows for the high electrical loads of modern homes, so you won’t have to turn off your refrigerator to use your stove. A standby generator gives you great power quality and runs quietly.
No Wind…No Rain. Once your standby is professionally installed, you’re prepared – and that’s a great feeling. With your Kohler standby generator humming in the background, it can always be a beautiful morning at your house. Don’t wait until the night the lights go out in…wherever you are. The best time to prepare for the next power outage is now.
Todd Palmer is the Owner of Palmer Generator, your full line Kohler Power Systems dealer.