Home generators

Angie's List explains different options depending on your family's needs

Published On: May 22 2013 11:44:51 AM EDT   Updated On: May 27 2013 05:40:00 AM EDT

When a home loses power, refrigerators, heating and cooling systems and even medical devices stop working. If a power outage occurs over a long period of time, a home may become uncomfortable or even uninhabitable due to temperature conditions. A home without electricity in the dead of winter is subject to pipe bursting, while extremely hot homes can create unsafe living conditions.

One way to protect your home and family from an extended power outage is to purchase a home generator, which can provide power to the home when the electricity shuts off.

Angie’s List asked highly rated electricians about generators.

Generators convert gasoline, natural gas, or diesel fuel into electricity. Some are portable while others are stationary. Both can have manual or automatic transfer switches.

“When deciding what type of generator you might want to have its dependent on your potential usage. If you are living in the city and you may just need it for a few hours a portable generator can be a great option, they cost about $1,000. But if you live in a rural area where you may be without electricity for a longer period of time or if you have medical issues that require equipment to be plugged in you are probably going to go with a whole house generator," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.             

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