Pros and Cons of a Portable Generator

Pros and Cons of a Portable Generator

We know it’s early, but you may want to start thinking about hurricane season, which is just a little more than two months away. And one thing to consider is whether this is the year you’re going to buy a generator.

Generators are sometimes the fastest way to bring back power after a storm. Their cost upfront is less than standby power, and they are easy to store in your garage. The initial fee for a portable generator is between $500 and $2,000 depending on the wattage. A portable generator consists of an internal combustion engine, alternator, starter, fuel tank and outlets.

Portable generators can be moved from place to place and are not permanently installed. However, they must be manually started which means that you need to be home during the power outage, and they need to be placed outside in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

These generators are easy to start, powerful, reliable and durable. You will have to put up with some exhaust fumes, heat and noise that they produce.  Don’t expect to use the power it produces for luxuries, but rather use it for essentials.

If you are looking for something that is cost-effective and low maintenance, a portable generator is a great way to go. In addition, it won’t take up space in your yard. However, it can be heavy and will not power the entire home. A standby generator, while expensive, will power the whole house. Additionally, it turns on and off automatically and increases the resale value of a home.

To learn more about traditional generators, check out our article from last July about how to hook up a generator.