Is now a good time for you to invest in a backup generator? Doug Larter from Generator Pro is here to answer a few common questions about generators today.
Buying a Southern New Hampshire home?
It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing of a huge power loss. Some of these power losses last for weeks at a time. It’s gotten to the point where generators are now considered more of a necessity than a luxury.
Today, Doug Larter from Generator Pro is here to answer a few questions about generators and power loss.
Why are people losing power so often and for so long?
The grid is a lot less reliable than it used to be, and it’s taking longer to repair and get utility lines up and running.
That means a lot of people are looking for generators. There are a couple of different types of generators: portable and standby. Are portables easy to install yourself?
We have to come out to the customers house to install the portable generator. We have to install a box on the outside of the garage, wire it back to their main panel, and put an interlock switch or gentran switch to make it safe so that it doesn’t feed back out to the pole while people are working on the electrical lines.
So a standby generator is probably even more involved?
Absolutely. For a standby generator, installation can take two or three weeks. We have to get electrical permits and gas permits.
What does a portable generator help power?
A portable generator is good for basic stuff around the house, like lights, heating, and major appliances like the refrigerator. The portable generator is great for necessities.
What about a standby generator?
A standby generator can power everything in your home. It can take care of your furnace, fridge, hot tub, and anything else.
If you have a CPAP machine,
dialysis machine, or are on oxygen, Doug recommends the standby generator.
When is a good time to buy a generator?
You should buy a generator before you lose power. It’s better to buy it and not need it than to need it and not have it. During the last power outage, our generators went pretty fast. We got over 300 calls that day and a few people just weren’t able to get one.
Some may consider a standby generator a luxury. Who should buy the standby generator?
If you have any medical needs that require things like a CPAP machine, a dialysis machine, or oxygen, then a standby generator is a necessity. These people cannot be without their power. For others, the standby machine is kind of like a snowblower. Sure, you could go with a shovel, but it’s much nicer to have that snowblower.
Standby generators actually add value to your house, is that correct?
Definitely. I did have one customer in Hudson who relocated four times and each time, he had us move his standby generator. That’s how much he loves his generator.
Does the size of a portable generator matter?
Yes. We can come out and take a look at your home and size a portable generator that will fit your needs. Some people may need a slightly bigger portable generator.
Thanks to Doug for taking the time to answer my questions today. Doug just got a new shipment of generators in, so if you’re interested in one or you have any questions, just call Generator Pro at 603-879-0839.
As always, if you have any real estate questions for me, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!