The Difference Between Portable & Standby Generators
Written on: January 8, 2024
Equip Your Home for Power Outages
Here in eastern Pennsylvania, we’re vulnerable to power outages all year long. In the summer you need to worry about thunderstorms. In the winter, there are ice and snowstorms to contend with. And there are plenty of non-weather-related events (like a car accident knocking down power lines or an electrical grid failure) that can leave you and your family’s home in the dark. Chances are you’ve considered adding a generator to your home. You may be contemplating a portable generator or a standby generator—also called a whole-house generator. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Portable vs Standby Generators
There are a number of differences between a portable and a standby generator. Let’s take a look at several of them:
- Installation: standby generators are professionally and permanently installed onto your home while portable generators don’t require any installation. They’re portable and must be properly stored.
- Starting: standby generators begin automatically within seconds of a power outage while portable generators must be started manually.
- Fuel: standby generators run on natural gas or liquid propane and no refueling is necessary because it’s hooked up to your home’s gas line or propane tank. Portable generators run on gasoline and must be refueled much like your car when they run out of gas.
- Power: Standby generators are called whole-house generators because they can power everything in your home—lights, HVAC, refrigerator, etc. Portable generators can only power a select number of appliances that are plugged into it.
The frequency of power outages has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. As a homeowner, you can gain peace of mind and prepare your home for the unexpected by investing in a propane whole-house generator. And Ace-Robbins provides both generator installation and propane delivery.
Benefits of a Whole-House Backup Generator
Whole-house generators keep the electrical items in your Towanda, PA home running with minimal interruption. Less than one minute after the power goes out, your generator will kick into gear and start powering your entire HVAC system and all your home’s electrical appliances. Having a whole-house generator means you’ll be able to do more than just keep the lights on; you will also be able to keep your family safe and comfortable and protect your home and valuables in the following ways:
- Protect your food. Your fridge and freezer will still be working and so will your stove and oven. That means no food needs to spoil and you can keep cooking.
- Protect your home. You’ll avoid expensive water damage because you’ll still be able to use your electric-powered sump-pump. During the winter months, since your home heating system will still be working, you’ll avoid the stress and expense of frozen or burst pipes.
- Protect your loved ones and valuables. With your generator running, your home security system will continue to protect your household. In addition, if anyone in your home depends on medical equipment, a whole-house generator will keep it up and running.
- Stay connected. Keep all your important electronic devices charged. Stay connected, informed, and entertained while you and your family ride out the storm.
- Stay comfortable. If the power goes out during a heatwave, your generator will make sure your home’s AC continues to keep your home comfortably cool. In the winter months, even if you have a gas furnace or boiler, you need electricity for important components, including safety monitoring and ignition systems. So, without electricity, your home can’t stay warm during cold weather. A whole-house generator solves that problem.
How Much Propane Do You Need?
As a general rule of thumb, you should have enough propane in your tank to keep your generator running for one week if there’s a power outage.
Whenever you need more propane, contact Ace-Robbins to schedule your next propane delivery or sign up for automatic delivery. You can rely on us for safe, reliable, and affordable propane delivery.
Go with Ace Robbins
If you’re in Clarks Summit, Towanda, or Lake Winola, Pennsylania, let Ace-Robbins help you get peace of mind with a Generac whole-house backup generator and reliable propane delivery.
Contact Ace-Robbins today to learn more.