While a portable generator can deal with the electrical needs of only a few home appliances, a standby generator is strong enough to supply your entire home. So while the rest of the neighborhood is in darkness, your home could keep operating as though nothing had happened.
Standby generators are less noisy and more secure than portables, and they work automatically—you don’t need to make the slightest effort. That comfort doesn’t come cheaply. Depending on the electrical assessment —which is vital in deciding the size of your generator— a typical unit costs about $10,000.
Standby Generator vs Portable Generator
Making the sticker price more attractive is the fact that most standby generators have a long shelf life – around 15 years. Additionally, upon home resale, these units recoup around 50 percent of their expense. Even though annual maintenance is essential, authorized technicians can help guarantee a unit’s dependability. For certain families, particularly those that might have an individual with health problems that require electrical equipment, the need for uninterrupted electricity is essential.
What Size Generator Do I Need?
That generally depends upon your electrical needs and budget. You’d prefer your electricity to continue running during a power outage, so try to find some kind of balance between what your electrical needs are – and what your budget allows. It’s a good idea to make a record of the wattage each outlet in the home requires – and the specific electronics and appliances attached. There might be some rooms that would not need electricity during an outage. Here are some notes on specific appliances:
- Lights bulbs commonly need 60 to 200 watts.
- A refrigerator needs around 600 watts.
- A portable heater may require around 1,500 watts.
- A washing machine will use anywhere from 400 – 1300 watts.
- Different electrical essentials to also consider: microwave, garage door opener, home security unit, and even a sump pump (if you have one in the basement).
How Much Power Can a Portable Generator Produce?
Portable generator sizes are estimated in watts, yet standby generator sizes are frequently estimated in kilowatts (and one kilowatt is equivalent to 1,000 watts). Homeowners with needs in the 5,000-to 7,000-watt range may do well with a portable generator, which is usually available at home improvement stores—see our suggestions for the best portable generator here. Those individuals who want a minimum of 12,000 watts should look at standby models. A consultation with an experienced electrician would be the best route to go before deciding upon the kind of generator you need.
Call Weeks Service Co.
Keep in mind that the most expensive – or the highest wattage isn’t always what is best for your needs. Call Weeks Service Company to schedule a consultation today!
The summer is an ideal time to perform some easy plumbing maintenance around your home. The warmer temperatures and the extra time off will allow for a wide variety of leak prevention options. The professionals at Weeks Service Company have made a list of summer plumbing tips both easy and essential:
Summer Plumbing Tips for the Bathroom
- Check around the base of the toilet for indications of water leaks (dark stains on the floor, warped vinyl, a weak floor).
- To check for a “weak floor,” stand rode over the toilet and rock back and forth on each foot. If the floor feels uneven or “gives” at all, it is probably decaying underneath.
- Check to see how quickly the toilet flushes.
- Check for broken or loose tiles by pushing on the areas where they come into contact with the bathtub. If you feel movement, water may have made its way behind the tile. Replacement is necessary.
- Put a garbage can in the bathroom so that the toilet is not considered a trash can. Never flush Q-tips, cotton balls, hair, sanitary pads – or anything that isn’t toilet paper! Even wipes that advertise they are “flushable,” are not to be disposed of through the toilet.
- Check the date of the water heater. The first four numbers of the long sequence printed on the tag represent the month and year of manufacture. Any heater more than 15 years of age might need to be replaced.
Miscellaneous Summer Plumbing Tips
- Check to ensure that the trash compactor and dishwasher components are working properly and free of leaks.
- Inspect kitchen cabinets (with a flashlight) for indications of water leaks; stains, warped shelving, peeling paint.
- Check washing machine hoses for leaks. Pull out the appliance and check for any dark water rings on the floor – or warped flooring.
Summer Plumbing Tips for Standing Water
Standing water is another common issue – the result of cracked or sewer broken pipes. Puddles of water in a yard might be originating from a damaged sewer line and may contain sewer water from the home. Standing water is not safe for children or pets, and is especially dangerous in the summer when mosquitos and other bugs might congregate. Review your yard for areas that are excessively damp or with irregular plant or grass growth.
Get Your Sewer System Inspected by Weeks Service Co.
If you are intending to buy a home, performing a video review of the underground sewer system might be a smart idea, particularly in older homes with antiquated plumbing systems. The investigation will uncover any problems with the plumbing before you purchase the home. The expense of fixing or replacing an underground sewer can be very costly – so making sure that your dream home has a sound sewer system will save a lot of problems in the long run.
If you need a plumbing assessment, contact the professionals at Weeks Service Company! Call 281-738-1362 to schedule an appointment today!