Houston, TX, residents have faced detrimental flooding since April 18, causing more than $5 billion in damage to the city and 123,000 homes to lose power, according to CNN. There’s not much these people could have done to prepare for the vast amount of damage caused by the flooding, but having Portable Generators installed by a Houston Electrician could have at least kept the power running for the 123,000 that were left in the dark.
If you are living in an area of the United States that is likely to face a widespread power outage due to various natural disasters, consider purchasing a generator, so you are prepared for the worst—but only after you continue reading. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston will help you decide if portable generators will best meet your needs. There are permanent or portable generators to choose from and several factors that go into deciding on which type is best for you.
Portable Generators vs. Permanent Generators
A permanent generator—also called a standby generator—lives outside your home or business permanently, as the name suggests. This type of generator is powered by natural gas or propane and immediately turns on when your home or business loses its power supply. This alternative is very costly and the generator usually needs ongoing maintenance for optimal performance.
On the other hand, a portable generator is a good choice for people who want to be prepared. This type of generator is mostly powered by gas or diesel, but there are models that exist that run on natural gas or propane. A portable generator is also smaller, allowing you to take it on trips—perhaps a football tailgate or camping excursion—and it is more affordable as well as little to no maintenance is required compared to the permanent variety. The portable generator will need a transfer switch needs to be purchased and installed before usage at home to keep your family prepared for unexpected circumstances.
Does a portable generator seem like the best option for your home? If so keep reading to find out how Mister Sparky Electrician Houston can help you.
Safety for Portable Generators
There are some safety concerns that come with a portable generator, too. You should never plug in a portable generator directly into your home’s electrical outlet as this causes back-feed. It is important to have a certified electrician install an inlet box that connects safely to your breaker box. The cord for the generator will plug into the generator while the other end will plug into your inlet box. This will eliminate all safety risks involved with the installation of portable generators. The installation is the most important step when it comes to being able to power your home. Without proper installation, you are leaving your home at risk of more damage that could be much more costly than having a professional do the job.
“The problem of back-feed in electrical energy is a potential risk for electrical energy workers. Electrocutions are the fifth leading cause of all reported occupational deaths,” according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, be mindful that they should never be plugged into an electrical panel and only be used outdoors as they emit carbon monoxide.
Contact a Houston Electrician for Installation ofPortable Generator
If you are in need of a portable generator, make sure to get a hold of a licensed Houston electrician at Mister Sparky Electrician Houston to get it installed. Call us at 713-428-2120 to get started, or if you have questions about the process.
Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, serves Houston, TX, and has electricians in Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, The Woodlands, and others. We have a team of certified electricians ready for any electrical problems. In addition to emergency electrical repairs, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, wiring repair, landscape lighting installation, and home electrical inspections.
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