A portable generator provides more than just power. It gives you and your family peace of mind, ensuring that you retain some modern conveniences when you find yourself off the grid. Our customers in the DFW Metroplex understand just how important that can be, which is why W3 Electric remains committed to providing you with innovative solutions to your electrical problems.
That’s why we’re proud to be one of the top Rowlett portable generator installation companies. Count on W3 Electric to keep your home safely illuminated when the rest of the neighborhood goes dark. Call (972) 945-8141 today!
What Is a Portable Generator?
As the name implies, you can take a portable generator. Camping enthusiasts might use some form of a portable generator to provide electricity when they’re out in the woods. Generally speaking, a portable generator is small and generates enough power for only a few lights and appliances.
However, some homeowners choose to pursue home generator installation. That means that your portable generator is wired into your home’s electrical subpanel to power a few lights and appliances or provide electrical power to an individual circuit. That allows homeowners to continue powering essential devices during a power outage.
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Portable generators are powered by gasoline, which means that they’ll need to be outside to keep your home from filling with toxic emissions. But during a home generator installation, the generator is wired into your home’s electrical panel with an interlock safety switch or sub-panel, so that your generator can supply electricity to a circuit or select appliances.
What Is the Difference Between a Portable Generator & a Backup Generator?
A backup generator is typically a large generator capable of providing power to your whole home. A portable generator is much smaller, and with a portable generator installation, you will power only a few essential appliances inside your home. Some backup generators can be set up to switch on automatically during a power outage.
Advantages of a Portable Generator
While a portable generator offers limited power, it can make all the difference during an electrical storm. Portable generator installation provides several unique advantages, including:
Protection from Winter Power Outages
According to Federal energy regulators, who recently released their report into the February 2021 winter freeze that left millions in Texas without power and water for days, steps could have been taken to reduce the number and overall effects of the power outages. The federal government agency also offered recommendations for homeowners in Texas to mitigate problems in the future.
- Generator owners should retrofit existing generating units, and when building new units account for weather events including extreme temperatures.
- Generator owners and operators should perform annual training on winterization plans.
To read the report in its entirety, follow this link.
Emergency Power for Essential Appliances
The primary advantage of a portable generator is that they provide emergency power to your essential appliances. With a portable generator installed in your electrical subpanel, you can power an individual circuit to provide power to appliances such as your refrigerator and garage door opener. You will also continue to be able to charge your phone, allowing you to keep in touch with loved ones and summon help if needed.
Avoid Spoiled Food
Powering your refrigerator may be especially advantageous. Without a generator, you’re left with a guessing game once the power is restored. Is the meat spoiled? Has the milk gone sour? You might find yourself tossing away food just to be on the safe side. But with a portable generator, you can be confident that the contents of your refrigerator are safe once everything’s back up and running.
Security & Illumination
A power outage can leave you and your family in the dark. You can use a portable generator to supply power to a few lamps or even an exterior light fixture, which can provide comfort and peace of mind when your neighborhood goes dark.
Depending on the size of your home, a portable generator may be able to supply power to your HVAC system, which means that you remain comfortable and safe when a winter or summer storm knocks out your power.
Power outages are often accompanied by heavy rain. Your home’s sump pump plays a crucial role in preventing your basement from flooding. A portable generator may be used to power this essential piece of equipment, sparing your home from damage caused by torrential rain.
Power Medical Equipment
If you or a family member relies on powered medical equipment, you can’t afford to have your power go out. A portable home generator can provide electricity to power these life-sustaining devices until the power is restored.
What Size Generator Do I Need for My Home?
Portable generators come in a variety of sizes, typically measured in wattage. The size you need depends on factors, including the size of your home and the appliances or circuit you intend to power. That takes a bit of planning, but as one of the area’s top generator installation companies, W3 Electric’s skilled professionals can talk you through the decision and help you determine the optimal generator for your home.
Because of the sensitive and hazardous nature of electrical work, it’s best not to attempt to install a generator yourself. Instead, rely on the friendly, professional team at W3 Electric. We provide the DFW Metroplex with industry-leading electrical services and expert guidance, so you’re never in the dark about how to improve your home.
If you’d like to discuss how a portable home generator can improve the comfort and functionality of your home, give us a call at (972) 945-8141 or contact us online. We can provide power and peace of mind for you and your family.
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