Power outages are not only an inconvenience-they can also create problems for you, your family and your home as you shift into "emergency mode" to prevent food from spoiling, to safely navigate your home in the dark, or simply to keep the heat on. Investing in a home generator can help make being without power more bearable.
Generators have long been the preferred method of back-up power delivery in Canada. Because of their popularity and use in a variety of contexts, they are available in numerous types and sizes, from portable versions to "standby" and inverter units.
-Portable Generators typically run on gasoline and need to be operated at a safe distance from any structure. They are best for providing limited power for smaller, short-term uses.
-Home Standby Generators (also referred to as Whole Home generators) kick in automatically when there is grid power failure, and run on propane or natural gas. They provide blackout protection 24/7, and require permanent installation.
-Inverter Generators have a more complex engine than the other types, and are much quieter than their conventional counterparts. Also portable, they are great for fueling "fun" (camping, boating, RVing), as well as being very handy in powering select circuits in your home during a blackout.
Choosing the best generator for the unique needs of you and your family can be a daunting task, and as we personally learned with each successive power outage, installing the best system is ideally done before it is needed-and not after! (Ok...so we waited until 2019's Huricane Dorian did some damage to finally install our own system. Being left without power for 6 days was a powerful motivator!)
Give us a call before the next Cape Breton storm, and let us put our experience to work in helping you choose the best generator for your needs!