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Is It Worth It to Install a Whole-House Generator?

As a homeowner, have you ever experienced a power outage that lasts for days or even weeks? A power outage is not only annoying but can be dangerous, especially in extreme weather conditions. In such situations, having a whole-house generator can be a lifesaver.

A whole-home generator can provide an uninterrupted power supply to your house even during power outages. However, purchasing and installing a whole-house generator requires a significant investment. So, is it worth it to install a whole-home generator?

In this blog post, we will discuss some factors that can help you determine whether installing a whole-house generator is worth the investment.

Is a Whole-Home Generator Right for Me?

Investing in a whole-house generator is worth considering. However, whole-home generators aren’t right for everyone. The following are a few factors you should consider when deciding whether to install a whole-house generator in your home:

  • Frequency of power outages – The first factor to consider when deciding whether to install a whole-house generator is the frequency of power outages in your area. If you live in an area where power outages are rare, installing a whole-home generator may not be a worthwhile investment. However, if you frequently experience power outages due to weather conditions or other factors, a whole-house generator can be a godsend. In areas where power outages are frequent, a whole-home generator can help you avoid the inconvenience, discomfort, and expense of staying in a hotel or running a generator in the backyard.
  • Cost of power outages – Another factor to consider is the cost of power outages. A power outage can be expensive, especially if it lasts for several days. During a power outage, you may have to throw away food that has gone bad in your refrigerator, spend money on hotel bills, or replace damaged appliances. Installing a whole-house generator can help you avoid these costs and ensure that your life runs smoothly even during an outage.
  • Type of generator – The type of generator you choose also has a significant impact on whether installing a whole-house generator is worth the investment. There are two main types of whole-home generators: standby generators and portable generators. Standby generators are installed permanently outside your home and automatically turn on when there is a power outage. Portable generators, on the other hand, are not connected to your home's electrical system and you must manually start them and connect them to your appliances. Standby generators are more expensive than portable generators, but they provide a more reliable and convenient source of power.
  • Installation and maintenance costs – The cost of installing and maintaining a whole-house generator is another factor to consider. Installing a whole-home generator requires a professional electrician or generator contractor, which can be expensive. Additionally, you need to ensure that your generator is properly maintained, so that you can count on it to work correctly when needed.

Ultimately, the decision to install a whole-house generator depends on your specific situation and needs. If you are struggling to decide whether a whole-home generator is right for you, consult a professional electrician to discuss your options and find a solution that best suits your needs.

Contact Our Residential Generator Specialists Today!

For over 70 years, Meyer’s has been proudly serving Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland. As experienced electricians, we understand exactly what customers expect and deserve. Our service-oriented approach is backed by our exceptional reputation and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Count on us for reliable electrical maintenance and repair services at a fair price, including efficient generator installation.

Thinking about adding a whole-home generator to your house? Give us a call at (219) 240-0610 or contact us online today.