If you or a loved one are dependent upon one or more home medical devices to keep you alive and/or mobile within the confines of your home, you may be filled with dread when the summer storm season approaches.
Overall aging and deterioration of the nation's electrical grid has led to ever lengthening intervals before power can be restored after outages. This leaves handicapped individuals who live in more remote areas particularly vulnerable.
Having an electric generator as a backup provides a layer of security when the power goes off, along with your medical and mobility devices.
What type of electric generator is best for a home with medical equipment?
Portable electric generators
These are smaller generators that are powered by fuels such as gasoline or propane. They can run for several hours before being refueled, and can provide power for a few larger appliances or several lowered devices such as lights.
The amount of electricity generated depends upon the size and cost of the generator, but all portable generators are limited in their capacity to provide the needs of an entire home.
These portable models require the user to plug extension cords into the generator as you would plug them into a wall outlet. They may be sufficient for individuals whose need for electricity is limited to smaller devices and who are mobile enough to refuel the generator as needed.
Cost is the major advantage of portable generators, both in purchase price and installation.
Whole house generators
This type of generator is hardwired into your home's electrical system and can supply enough electricity to power the entire home. An automatic switch is added between the generator and the home to provide a seamless transition from your local power supply to the generator when the local system goes down.
This is extremely beneficial for those who are completely dependent on electric medical devices in their home, because without the immediate transition, their devices may need to reset or alarms may be activated. This could be distressing or dangerous if the handicapped individual is at home alone.
If your home is supplied with natural gas, the gas line can be connected to the generator as it's fuel source. A propane tank can be installed and coupled with the generator if your home doesn't have access to a local gas supplier.
The only disadvantage of a whole house generator is the cost. The units themselves can be costly, depending on your home's electrical needs. Installation costs include hiring an electrician to connect the automatic switch and wire the unit to your home.
The fuel source will also need to be connected to the generator, which will involve substantial initial cost.
However, if you can afford it, a whole house generator can be one of the best investments you've ever made, especially if you or a loved one needs medical equipment to maintain their quality of life. For more information, contact a company like Shocking Difference LLC.