Warm weather is here and that can mean an increased chance for unpredictable, powerful storms in New Jersey. When you experience a power outage, it can be really frustrating and disrupt your home comfort. No lights, no air conditioning in the sweltering heat, no refrigerator and nothing to power your sump pump – putting your basement at risk.
As a homeowner, it is crucial for you to protect your home and family from storms and power outages. A natural gas generator is a great solution to help ensure your family never goes without power during and after a storm.
When it comes to home generators and backup power, the two most common solutions are standby generator systems and portable generators. But most people don’t know the difference between the two. Both natural gas generators and portable generators keep power flowing to a home during an outage, but in different ways. A portable generator is an immediate but temporary solution powered by gasoline, while a home standby (or whole house) generator is an automatic, more permanent backup power solution powered by natural gas.
And that’s not the only important difference. While a portable generator does not require installation, it is loud, can be heavy and difficult to move, requires manual starting (usually with a pull cord), must be refueled frequently and can only power select items plugged into an extension cord.
A standby generator is professionally installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away … within seconds of a power outage. It runs on your home’s natural gas supply, so it requires no refueling and can power your whole home. Best of all, it does this on its own, so you don’t have to lift a finger!
While natural gas generators are more expensive than portable generators, they’re also a more permanent solution. By permanently installing a whole house generator at your New Jersey home, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you and your family can continue to enjoy all the comforts of home. Within seconds of your power going out, your standby generator will automatically turn on to power your home’s electrical circuits – even when you’re not home.
A whole house generator:
- Continually monitors your electrical supply and automatically starts when a power outage is detected. The automatic transfer switch safely disconnects your utility line and transfers to your standby generator. This process delivers backup power to your home’s electrical system until power returns.
- Runs on your home’s natural gas supply – no need for messy refueling or worrying about running out of gas.
- Can power your home’s important essential appliances like your cooling and heating equipment, water heater, kitchen appliances, electronics, sump pump and medical equipment.
- Is sized to fit your home’s needs and budget.
When choosing between a standby or a portable generator, convenience and budget are significant factors to consider. If your budget allows, a natural gas whole-house generator is a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for a more convenient way to keep your home safe and functioning during a power outage.
You’ll never have to run an extension cord through a window or door again. Your whole house generator will safely deliver power right to your home’s electrical panel without you having to do a thing. To learn more about our natural gas whole house generators and view our current offers, click here.
NJR Home Services proudly sells and installs Generac standby generators. Generac is the number one name in home backup generators and is the brand preferred by most homeowners, who invest backup power for their homes. When it comes to installing your whole house generator, you can rest easy knowing NJR Home Services has a team of professional installers, with years of experience with natural gas standby generators.
If you already have a whole house generator (or are thinking of getting one), it’s important to point out your standby generator needs regular maintenance such as oil and filter changes to help ensure it’s running efficiently every time it starts up. A generator maintenance plan is a great solution to help ensure you are keeping your system in tip-top shape. NJR Home Services offers a Generator Maintenance Plan so you can enjoy the comfort of knowing your whole house natural gas generator is in top operating order.
PLEASE NOTE — These are standby generators, which are permanently installed and require approved permits from your municipality prior to installation. They cannot be purchased and installed on the same day.
If the unexpected happens – don’t worry! NJR Home Services is here for you and your home comfort needs. Whether you would like a free, no-obligation quote for a standby generator for your New Jersey home, or need help with the repair or replacement of your cooling, heating, or water heating equipment, call 877-466-3657 or complete our online request form. We’ll respond promptly and answer your questions.