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Angie's List: Home Generators

Angie's List: Home Generators
Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-04 10:44:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Losing power is never convenient, and for the millions of Americans who rely on electrically powered medical devices like a breathing machine or home dialysis, it can be a life-threatening situation. A home generator can help you through the next blown transformer or winter storm. 

Installing a standby generator requires a licensed electrician who will locate the unit near a power source just a few feet from your home. He’ll also install a transfer switch that automatically detects when the main power goes out and triggers the generator to turn on.

Portable generators are more commonly used for emergency power and can easily be stored in a garage or shed. Angie says to keep in mind that they need to be refueled regularly to operate – usually with regular gasoline – and that they should never be used in a garage or an enclosed area because of the carbon monoxide that’s given off. If you have a home medical device, be sure to let your utility company know because they will prioritize getting the power back on for you.