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Standby Generators – Don’t Be Left in the Dark!

Are you ready for the next big storm? If you’re not sure, it might be time to consider installing a backup generator. A standby generator is a perfect solution to ensure that you and your family are never left in the dark, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. With a home backup generator, you can have peace of mind that your property, appliances, and other electronics will be powered and protected during times of power outages. 

A standby generator provides reliable backup power, ensuring that your home or business will stay up and running no matter the weather. Having a generator installed is not only more convenient than a portable generator, but you’ll barely notice the power going out. A backup generator will automatically kick in if the power goes out for any reason. You’ll simply notice a quick blink, and within a few seconds, everything will be humming along as if nothing happened.

When you think of power outages, you may think of snowstorms and other natural disasters. While these are certainly causes for outages, they are becoming more and more common even in areas where the weather is relatively mild. The average person will experience two to three power outages each year. This number is only rising as utility companies struggle to keep up with growing demands on their infrastructure. With increasingly frequent and severe storms, power outages are becoming more commonplace. 

Having a standby generator installed can ensure that you are never left in the dark. Whether your power goes out due to a storm or a malfunction in the grid, having a backup generator can give you peace of mind. By providing an alternative energy source, generators can provide light, power, heat, or air conditioning when your main power supply fails. You’ll never lose another fridge or freezer full of food again! Standby generators also provide a convenient way to power up electronics such as phones, laptops, and tablets, allowing you to stay connected during outages. 

Standby Generators vs Portable Generators

Standby Generators Portable Generators
Ease of Use It doesn’t get any easier- a standby generator will automatically kick in when needed and are operational within 5 seconds. Requires manual operation, set-up and fueling with each use.
Superior Performance Produces enough power to allow normal levels of power usage. Can only power a few essential electrical devices.
Readiness In the event of a power outage, a backup generator will automatically start with less than 5 seconds of downtime In the event of a power outage, you’ll need to dig your portable generator out of the garage, find fuel and connect it to the appliances you want to run – all by flashlight.
Energy Efficiency Standby generators offer superior performance when compared to traditional portable generators. Their advanced technology and efficient engines allow them to produce more power with less fuel consumption and longer run times than most other generators.  The typical modern gasoline-powered portable generator converts only 18% of the power in gasoline into electrical energy. A diesel-fueled portable generator only runs at about 40% efficiency. 
Safety Standby generator engines are designed for optimum safety, so you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide emissions or fuel spills like you do with conventional gas-powered units. Carbon monoxide and fuel containers are risks faced when using a portable generator.
Durability Backup generators are designed to last, with an average life span of 15 years or more.  Portable generators can only last a few years with regular use.
Reliability A standby generator will run a weekly 5-minute test cycle to be sure it’s ready to go when you need it. Do you really want to be figuring out why your portable generator isn’t working – in the dark?

Atel Electric Generator Installation

If you’re considering getting a standby generator, give ATEL Electric a call. We offer a variety of emergency generators, including Generac backup generators meeting different power supply requirements. Our experienced electricians can also help you to calculate the ideal size for your generator installation needs. Choose a model with enough power to keep the important thing like your furnace and sump pump working, opt for a full home supply that keeps every circuit powered, or something in between. With one of our emergency standby generators, you can enjoy the peace of mind and comfort of uninterrupted power.