We can get some crazy weather in Pennsylvania this time of year. High winds, powerful storms, and heavy rains can blow through our area quickly in the spring and summer and this often causes widespread power outages. When blustery, severe weather down trees and knock out power lines, thousands of Commonwealth residents can get left without electricity for hours and even days.

What Is a Standby Generator?

Residential generators provide an alternate source of power for certain circuits in your home or the entire house. Homeowners can decide what type and size of backup generator fit their needs best – portable or standby.

While portable generators, which run on gas or propane, usually need to be set up and turned on when the power is knocked out, standby generators turn on automatically when the power goes out — even if you’re on vacation. Whole-house standby generators also don’t require homeowners to refuel them or limit the number of appliances that it runs at any one time. They can power the entire house.

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How Are Standby Generators Useful During Power Outages?

When utility power is cut or there is an equipment failure, it is not only inconvenient, but it can be dangerous. Leaving your family without heat and air conditioning is just the beginning. Standby generators ensure that the following systems can continue to work even while the utilities to your area are down:

  • Heating and air conditioning systems,
  • Lighting throughout the home,
  • Essential equipment like wells and sump pumps,
  • Household appliances including the water heater, refrigerator, and freezer,
  • Residential security system,
  • Devices with rechargeable batteries, such as mobile phones.

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This image illustrates the benefits of having a standby generator for your house and how it works to keep things running in case of a power outage.

How to Use a Backup Generator During a Power Outage

It’s simple. When the power goes out, the backup generator automatically detects that there is a disruption in the electrical supply. Whenever there is a problem, it immediately turns on and begins generating electricity to power the appliances, lights, and equipment in your home. Because the standby device is connected to the natural gas or propane line in your house when it’s installed, there’s no need to fuel it or turn it on manually. In fact, the standby generator will start working even if nobody is home.

By relying on a standby generator, your home will have the electricity quickly restored and keep it running until the utility connections are repaired. Because it’s hooked up to the mainline, homeowners don’t need to refuel and can be sure that it keeps the power on until utility service returns. When the utility power comes back, the backup generator detects that it has been restored and automatically turns back to standby mode.

Related article: Troubleshooting Your Standby Generator.

Home Generators for Power Outages – Sales, Installation & Service

The expert electricians at AQM can help you determine the right size and type of generator to provide backup power at your house. The options for homeowners include:

  1. Emergency circuits to keep only essential appliances and equipment running,
  2. Flexible whole-house power which allows you to optimize backup electricity, and
  3. Full whole-house generators that will keep everything functioning for the duration of the power outage.

AQM is a certified Generac Dealer and provides reliable repair services and installation for all makes and models of residential Generac generators. We also offer cost-effective, annual maintenance plans to ensure that your backup system is working well and ready jump into action during the next power outage. Keeping up with regular maintenance is the best way to care for your investment and keep your generator in dependable working order for longer.

Don’t wait for storms to knock out the power at your house. Call AQM at (610) 363-3940 or request an estimate before the problem arises for a consultation and generator sales, installation, and service.

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