Backup Generators

If you’ve lived in Sandpoint long, you’re more than familiar with the monumental summer storms that rip through town. The storm of 2014 took down trees throughout downtown and along the lake shore, and the storm a few years later was known for sinking a few boats on Lake Pend Oreille.

While storms like these can be fun to watch, it’s nerve wracking to think that you’ll lose all the meat in your freezer when the power goes out. Make a plan now to install or procure a backup generator and you’ll be ready for what Mother Nature throws your way this season.

Types of Generators:

There are three kinds of generators out there: stand by, portable and inverter.

Standby generators, also known as permanent, are wired to your home’s utility system. They have a pretty big output, if you have several essential items you want to be able to run during an outage this is the one for you. These are also a great choice if you live in a area where outage repairs take a while to be fixed. These types of generator will require professional installation and permits.

Portable generators are just as the name implies, these can come and go as needed and are generally smaller so that they’re easier to move around. These can be set up without the help of a pro and will help you keep the absolute necessities running during a short term outage – typically by running extension cords from the generator to the fridge in the house (or other essential appliance).

Inverter generators are quieter and much lighter. They are great for specialized uses, like taking them camping to power electronics out in the woods. With that said, they can be hard to find, some states won’t sell them, and they won’t be the best power source for your home during an emergency situation.

For more questions about power output, or how to install a standby generator, give us a call.


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