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Standby Generators: Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers! In this article, the experts at Cannondale Generators tackle some of your most frequently asked questions about home power protection.

What is a generator?

A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electricity for users to power their electronic devices.

Why do I need a generator?

With an aging electrical grid, homeowners in the United States are more prone to power outages than ever before. This is especially true in New England, which is susceptible to heavy storms year-round. Power outages aren't just an inconvenience, either. They can cost unprepared homeowners thousands of dollars.

What types of generators are available?

Two types of generators exist: portable and standby.

What is a standby generator?

A standby generator is permanently installed to your home to provide you power in an instant whenever you need it.

What are some advantages of a standby generator?

Standby generators can automatically detect when there is a power outage, and turn on within seconds to supply your home with power. As long as your unit is properly sized, they can provide enough energy to run your entire home: including, lights, refrigerator, air conditioner, and electronics. Portable generators require a manual setup whenever there is a blackout, and can only power a few of your home's devices.

How often does a standby generator need to be refueled?

Never! Standby generators connect directly to your home's existing fuel line, meaning you will never need to venture out into inclement weather to refuel your device.

Do generators have to be maintained?

Yes, like everything else, a good maintenance routine is key to a long, healthy lifespan for your generator – whether it is portable or standby.

Can I install a standby generator by myself?

No! Standby generator installations require you to be familiar with your local laws, and knowledgeable enough to tap into your home's gas line and power supply. One mistake and you could ruin your brand new generator – or worse, fatally injure yourself.

If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, look no further than Cannondale for all of your power protection needs. Trust our experts to correctly size and install your automatic backup generator, then maintain it to keep it running like new for years to come. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (203) 762-2608 to get started with a free consultation.

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