Is a Generator Worth the Cost?

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If your area experiences frequent power outages, you may be trying to decide if a generator would be beneficial for your home. If you’re thinking about buying a generator, check out some pros and cons of portable vs permanent generators below.

First, the cost of portable generators usually begin at around $100. Larger, permanent generators can cost up to thousands of dollars. Prices vary based on the size of the generator desired.

Permanent Generators

Installation for these generators can be difficult and expensive but can be extremely beneficial for those homes or businesses that lose power regularly. However, these types of generators allow power to be restored immediately, in fact to the point that the power loss may not be noticed and can occur even if you aren't at home, which could prove to be more of a hazard. These generators are beneficial because fresh fuel or external fuel storage is not required. Permanent generators also allow for predictable performances because they are tested every 30 days. With these tests, you will be alerted to any issues.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are cheaper and are ready to roll as soon as you buy them. However, they require separate storage for fuel, as fresh fuel is required. Since they are portable, there are higher risks for theft and owner electrocution. Using these portable generators inside does also increase the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

If your home loses power frequently, a generator may be a good option for you. However, there are other options that can help reduce power outages in your area and decrease the need for a generator. At Critter Guard, our Line Guard and Pole Guard products specialize in protecting power in your area by deterring squirrels and other wildlife from climbing on and around electrical systems such as power lines and utility poles and causing outages. As such, these tools can be beneficial in saving you money in the long run through reducing the need for generators.

To learn more about our wildlife control products and how they can help keep your power running,

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