A power outage can strike your home at any time, and unfortunately, they’re most common in those times when they’re also the most frightening and dangerous: during natural disasters. Gaithersburg has weathered its share of blizzards, storms, floods, and other natural disasters and will weather more in the future.
If you’d like to keep the lights on and your refrigerator running next time, no matter what happens to the grid, a whole-home backup generator can give you the peace of mind you want — and the team at Wenbrooke Services can help you choose the right backup generator and install it for flawless performance and exceptional ease of use.
Want to get started on setting up a whole-home generator for your Gaithersburg home? Dial (240) 394-1500 or reach out to us online to get started!
Whole-Home vs. Portable Generators: What’s the Difference?
It’s possible you already own a backup generator and don’t get why you would bother to have an electrician wire one into your home. But portable generators like the one you have sitting in your garage or basement are limited and inconvenient in a way that a true whole-home standby generator is not.
Portable generators almost always use gasoline, with non-gasoline models making up a tiny portion of the market. Portable generators use about 12 to 20 gallons of gas in a day, depending on load and output. They’re also noisier and generate less power than equivalent standby generators, plus you’ll be fighting to get it set up and attached to your panel in the dark if you’re using it in reaction to an outage. They’ll also need to be set up somewhere safely ventilated or outside while not being too exposed to the elements.
On the other hand, a whole-home generator, or standby generator, will be built specifically to be insulated and permanently wired into your home. They’re less noisy and easier to activate — if they need manual activation at all — and they run on natural gas or propane.
Benefits of Professional Generator Installation
You want your standby generator professionally installed, as it’s definitely a job to be left to an electrician. Like any major electrical work, mistakes can prove immediately fatal or set up dangerous traps ready to cause house fires or other disasters — and, less dramatically, your DIY-ed generator might just fail to work in an emergency.
Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for Generator Installation?
When you choose the team at Wenbrooke Services to install your whole-home generator system, you’re choosing an effective team of expert electricians with a focus on customer satisfaction. For years, we’ve served the community with excellent products, craftsmanship, and support. Not enough? Here are a few other reasons to choose us:
- Member of Independent Electrical Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors
- Convenient appointment scheduling
- BBB accreditation with an A+ rating
- Locally owned and operated
- ACCA membership
Ready to learn more about having a generator installed for your Gaithersburg home? Contact us today at (240) 394-1500 or contact us online to learn more about generators, get an estimate, or schedule an appointment.
FAQs About Whole-Home Generators
Can I run my entire home on a generator?
Yes, a professionally installed generator correctly sized and fueled for the job can keep your entire house powered.
How long will a whole-home generator last?
A standby generator can easily supply an entire house for days, weeks, even permanently, depending on what fuel source you’re using and whether your gas line is still running when the power is out.
When is the best time of year to install a whole-home generator?
Many experts suggest installing generators in the early summer, as you’re less likely to have difficulty with the work necessary to set up a well-insulated generator if the weather isn’t fighting you. More broadly, installing generators in immediate response to a power outage can be difficult, as many people will have the same idea; better to plan and install early!