Pros and Cons of the 3 Main Types of Home Generators

Power outages are occurring more frequently than ever, so it pays to be prepared for them. Bailey and Shipp is a full service commercial and residential electrical contractor, and our licensed residential electricians are ready to help local customers with all of their electrical needs. Today, Bailey and Shipp Electric discusses the three main types of generators available in order to help you choose the best one for your needs. 

Inverter Generators

Inverter generators are more complex, so they usually cost more than portable generators that deliver a comparable output. However, they also run more efficiently and produce fewer emissions. Inverter generators are quieter than other generator options because they have a sophisticated exhaust system and throttle up and down to match demand.

Portable Generators

Portable generators typically cost less than home standby generators, but since they run on gasoline, you’ll need to purchase and store large quantities of it. You’ll also have to purchase stabilizer to add to the fuel. Portable generators can be located anywhere on or off your property, but they have to be at least 15 feet away from any structure. They should not be located in an enclosed space, and the exhaust should face away from your house. As a generator expert and residential electrical repair specialist, Bailey and Shipp can help you choose the best portable generator for your house.

Home Standby Generators

Home standby generators cost more and should be installed by a professional. The electrician will assist you with municipal or town permits and noise restrictions, and they’ll help place the generator in the proper location. Standby generators start automatically when the power goes out, and they usually supply more power than other generator options. You’ll be able to choose between propane and natural gas as the fuel source. Lastly, they also perform a self-diagnostic test so you’ll know whenever they need maintenance.

Bailey and Shipp has many years of experience providing generator installation services to local homeowners. We’ll be with you through every step of the process, from ordering to installation. In addition, we provide affordable electrical solutions and services. We can help you with recessed lighting installation, panel upgrades, outlet replacement and more. Call us at (410) 457-3507 to learn more about our products and services. We serve Columbia, MD, and nearby areas.

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