Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months, you’ve probably heard about the storms that devastated Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida, and many other cities and states. And if you’ve been following the news, then you probably know that one of the most sought after items in the struck areas were power generators. With the storms more than likely completely ruining the electrical grid these places had, and with the U.S. government doing a rather poor job rebuilding them (especially the one in Puerto Rico), people are still, to this day, 3 months after the disaster struck, left powerless.
That being said, even if you live in a low-risk natural disaster area, you can never be too sure. Even if it’s a simple power outage, it can oftentimes last several hours, and we’re all taking electricity for granted nowadays, because we’re so accustomed to it. However, rest assured, you’ll go insane without electricity, even if it’s just for a few hours. So why not invest in a generator, while the demand is low, and there’s plenty of them to choose from?
Well, first and foremost, worth knowing is that there are propane and petrol or electric powered generators. The right one for you will depend mostly on your needs. Moreover, there are portable and stand-by generators. Stand-by generators are typically petrol or electric powered generators, and the portable ones are typically propane powered generators.
Stand-by generators provide backup power protection 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There’s no need to manually start it, as it will power itself during a power outage. These generators offer a peace of mind for your business and family during a power outage. There’s no need to run an extension cord for this generator, and you can find them in various different sizes. Generally, the larger the generator, the more appliances it can power. The largest stand-by generators can power up an entire home or business.
On the other hand, portable generators are a great option for temporary power, because they’re typically smaller, but make up for it with their mobility. These are the ideal back-up generators to use for emergency situations. However, their use isn’t limited to emergency situations, as you can use them for recreational activities, like camping and using power tools for a DIY project. They typically operate on propane or gasoline, so they may be unsafe to use in spaces with poor ventilation.