Which Generator Is Best For Use In The Home?


Sometimes there is a tendency to make these articles more complicated than is needed. In this case, the answer to the question posed in the title is pretty simple: The best generator for use in a Lubbock, TX home is a whole house model installed with an automatic transfer switch. It’s the best way to protect against power outages that are commonly caused by severe storms.

Why It’s the Best

A whole house generator has the capacity to power every electrical circuit in your home, including your heating and cooling systems. Depending on the model it can run on natural gas, propane, or diesel fuel.  Right now, some of you may be asking, “What happens if the power outage happens when I’m not home?” Or maybe you are thinking, “I don’t want to go out in the middle of a storm to start a generator.” Armstrong wants you to know there is a solution.

Automatic Transfer Switch

This is what makes a whole house generator so convenient. It is wired into your home in such a way that it senses when the power supply is interrupted. The transfer switch automatically sends a signal to start the generator and routes the electricity into the home. When the power outage ends, the transfer switch restores the home’s normal operation and turns off the generator.

Convenience Comes With a Cost

Remember, our original question simply asked which generator is best and did not factor in cost. Whole house generators with transfer switches are also the most expensive option. Armstrong is a big believer in the convenience and safety they provide, but there are other choices if you can’t afford a whole house generator.

Portable Generators Can Be Lifesavers

If the goal is just to keep the refrigerators and freezers running during a power outage, then a portable generator is a more affordable choice. These are what you see sold in most of the big box stores. Portables use a lawnmower style gas engine to run the generator and are mounted on a cart so you can wheel them around. They are usually intended to power a few key circuits but won’t generate enough electricity to run HVAC systems. For convenience and safety, Armstrong still recommends a professional installation for portable generators.

Always Ready to Help

No one likes dealing with power outages no matter what the cause, but you and your family don’t have to suffer undue hardship. If you would like to learn more about the generator options for your Lubbock, TX home, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric will be happy to answer your questions. To learn more about the services we offer, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.