For many years, electricity has been reliable and a fundamental part of home life. However, as populations have increased, grown and developed their need for more electrical connections, electrical grids and the powerhouses that keep them lit, running and on. And that load demand hasn’t been matched as quickly and as comprehensively as the demand has grown. As a result, communities and cities have now been experiencing brownouts and blackouts more often. In some cases, the blips have been momentary, but in others it has lasted longer, for hours and even days. With all that people rely on electricity for now, that can mean the difference in health problems, being unable to do one’s job, or missing critical moments that have to be monitored remotely. A backup system now turns out to be a growing, essential need.
What Is A Whole House Generator?
The fundamental benefit of a whole house generator works the same way as a portable one; it provides energy power for electrical needs without having to plug into anything. However, where a portable generator may last for a few days, a whole house generator is designed to last a lot longer. Whether power is lost in a hot summer or the cold of winter, the generator system can kick in and keep systems going with its stored energy reserves. As a backup, this becomes a huge benefit, especially in areas prone to blackouts or where people simply don’t want to depend on the traditional power grid for everything.
A whole house generator works in standby mode. It banks up energy and stays in ready mode when the electrical grid is working properly. However, when there is a brownout or blackout, a switch over occurs and the generator kicks in. That provides the critical energy the house needs to keep the systems running. The generator will work until its fuel source runs out, but that amount of time can easily take care of a home’s needs well beyond a typical blackout span. It’s a great tool for a home, especially where a family member needs ongoing power, such as with medical equipment or similar.
Installation & Setup
A whole-house generator installation is a comprehensive approach. So, it has to connect to all the major line and power connections for the home. The design also has to anticipate both what is critical for powering as well as what’s possible to support when the essential aspects are taken care of. There also needs to be a prioritization capability as well, so that core power is maintained for critical elements as the power level starts to reduce over time with an extended generator reliance.
Whole house generators can be especially useful once set up for extended power failures. In areas where there may be disasters on an irregular basis, whole communities can be knocked of grid power for weeks. A whole house generator can make a big difference in providing power, keeping a refrigerator working instead of losing the food inside, providing temperature control when in summer or winter, and providing basic lighting when everything else is dark. It can, essentially, provide the comforts of living when everything is going a bit sideways.
Considering An Installation
While not everyone needs a whole house alternative powering system, it’s a nice resource to have to rely on when it turns out to be useful. While others have to rely on flashlights and fireplaces, if they still have them, a connected house can be a much more comfortable place to live. An installation can be a big leap, but as an investment in a home for the long-term it provides both safety as well as big benefits for living independence.