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The Two Types of Generators and Their Benefits

Mike Jeffries | August 24, 2020

types of generators and their benefitsA generator can be a smart investment for any home or business. When the electricity goes out, you want to know that you'll have a reliable source of backup power. It's true that while a generator can be a great asset, you'll want to know a few things about generators before you spend a lot of money. When thinking about what type of generator to get for your home or business, it's important to review what each type offers in order to decide which will work best for your needs.

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Portable Generators

Portable generators are a great option for someone with a limited budget. They range in price from a few hundred to around a thousand dollars depending on the size and power that you need.

These generators run on diesel or gasoline and can power some small appliances—like refrigerators and stoves—along with a few lights around your house or business. However, a portable generator can't be relied on to run high wattage systems such as an air conditioning system.

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Portable generators can really come in handy when there's a power outage and you're trying to prevent food from defrosting in your freezer or other simple tasks that are similar.

Keep in mind that, when a storm hits, you may not be able to get on the road to be able to go out and get fuel. So, you'll need to store enough fuel at your home or building to run the generator for as long as necessary. The exact amount can vary depending on the machine, the type of fuel it requires, and the size of the job you need it to perform.

Overall, portable generators are a good way to provide safety and convenience during a power outage. However, it's also necessary that they are operated outside in order to prevent fumes from building up in an enclosed space.


Standby Generators

Standby generators are a great option when you don't want to store fuel on site or want to run more than just a few appliances when needed.

They can automatically detect when you are experiencing a power outage, and switch on without you having to do anything. These generators can attach to a natural gas line or a propane tank, so you don't have to worry about refueling your generator outside in severe weather.

In addition, they are much quieter than portable generators and are installed permanently on your property.

Standby generators can power systems like air conditioners along with appliances and lights throughout your home or business. The only downsides is that the purchase and installation cost can be higher than that of a portable generator—costs can easily range into the thousands. Along with that, standby generators are not portable nor are they designed to be moved frequently if at all.

They also need a decent amount of upkeep, especially if you plan on running them a lot, and should be inspected routinely after and during prolonged use.


A standby generator might be a good choice if you experience many power outages, or live in an area that is prone to hurricanes. It's also a smart choice if you need to run many larger appliances like air conditioning, or have important electronics or medical equipment that needs to be constantly powered.

Before buying a generator, think about which appliances you'd need to power during an outage, and weigh the pros and cons of each type. Always hire a professional to do an assessment of your property, and give you an estimate of your needs and the potential cost. A generator is an investment, and can help keep you safe and comfortable in tough times.

If you have questions about generators or other electric equipment such as motors or pumps, feel free to give us a call or contact us anytime. We have a team of experts ready to help.

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