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Four Key Differences between Portable and Home Backup Generators

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We receive a lot of questions about why backup generators are getting installed in neighborhoods all over Albuquerque and Santa Fe. While most of us have experienced rolling blackouts over the summer and a few people have purchased portable generators and run extension cords to deal with the situation.

Why Invest in a Home Backup Generator?

  1. Power Output: A home backup generator is designed to provide enough power to run an entire home, including essential appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioning, and heating systems. These generators typically have a higher power output, ranging from 5 kilowatts to 20 kilowatts or more. On the other hand, a portable generator usually has a lower power output, ranging from 1 kilowatt to 10 kilowatts, and is generally used to power small devices and equipment such as power tools, camping gear, and small appliances.
  2. Fuel Source: Home backup generators are typically powered by natural gas or propane, which are piped into the home or stored in an on-site tank, respectively. This makes them a reliable and convenient source of power during extended power outages. In contrast, portable generators are usually powered by gasoline, which can be less reliable and less convenient during extended power outages, as gasoline can be difficult to obtain during emergencies.
  3. Installation: A home backup generator is installed permanently outside the home and is connected to the home’s electrical system through an automatic transfer switch. This means that the generator will automatically start up and switch over to providing power to the home in the event of a power outage. In contrast, a portable generator can be moved around and used in various locations but requires manual setup and connection to the devices that need to be powered.
  4. Noise: Home backup generators are designed to run quietly and produce less noise compared to portable generators, which can be quite loud when running.

If you are interested in Generator or Solar Home Backup options, we are happy do share additional information and provide you with a free estimate.

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