We live in a state that deals with a lot of complicated, unpredictable weather. Huge summer storms, icy cold winter blizzards, and everywhere in between. With weather like that comes potential complications. Complications like sudden and unpredictable power outages. Because of this, having backup generators installed in Minneapolis – St. Paul homes has become more popular than ever. At EarlyBird Electrician we offer two main types of generators:
- Portable generators. Portable generators are great because of their accessibility, both in use and in price. They run on propane, diesel or gasoline, and in the event of an emergency will be enough to run a few basic things inside your home (such as your refrigerator or a couple lights) during a power outage. They’re not as powerful as their standby equivalent but, as their name suggest, they’re portable and good in a pinch.
- Standby generators. Standby generators are more heavy duty than portable ones. They don’t require on site fuel and can handle more power than the portable generator. They will automatically detect when a power outage has occurred and will switch on without you having to do a thing. They’re powered via a connection to a propane tank or natural gas line and operate more quietly than their portable counterparts. The downside is that they cost a lot more to install and maintain, so when deciding to install a generator you have to decide how often you expect it to be used and make the choice accordingly.
Whichever kind you’re looking for, we’ve got the parts, time, and experience to take care of installation for your home. Don’t hesitate to call us today to talk more about the best emergency backup generator for your home.
Tips for Owning an Emergency Backup Generator
- Before you buy, know what sort of electrical you already have in your home beforehand. That includes your existing setup, panel, and number of circuits. Knowing this before you talk to professionals about getting a new emergency backup generator will help you better determine the variety you need.
- Of all the fuel types, propane is the easiest to store. Gasoline and diesel both go bad and, to be stored, will need stabilizer and regular replacement. Liquid propane, on the other hand, doesn’t go bad.
- Make sure you have transfer switches if you plan on using your generator for devices like an air conditioner, furnace, well pump, or electric water heater. A manual transfer switch is, in essence, a small circuit breaker box that gets mounted beside the regular electrical panel. Using it as the go-between between a standby generator and the aforementioned devices helps to prevent the back feeding of power into power lines, which is a big danger for power line workers.
Why choose EarlyBird Electricians?
- Same-day service. If same-day service isn’t available, you won’t be charged any travel fee.
- No-surprise pricing. We obtain your approval before any work is done so you never have to worry about unknown fees or charges.
- Consistent, quality work. We have the years of experience, familiarity with the Twin Cities metro, and long-standing reputation needed to deliver the consistently high quality work you’re looking for.
- Safety and security, guaranteed. Our electricians are licensed and have passed stringent background checks so you can feel comfortable inviting them into your home.