With the push of a button your generator roars into action. Some models even have remote controls! (But don’t worry: There’s also a cord to pull in the event that your battery dies.)
FAQs About Home Generators
Are generators noisy?
Often they are. In fact, some manufacturers suggest wearing ear protection when working close to a generator. Inverter generators tend to be much quieter.
Are generators safe?
Yes, if you observe certain precautions. The most important one is to set the generator at least 20 feet from your house and point the exhaust away from the dwelling. Otherwise you run the risk of carbon monoxide seeping into your home.
Are generators expensive to run?
Some of the best generators will run for up to 18 hours on a single tank of gasoline. Since the typical U.S. home loses power once or twice a year for about three hours, it shouldn’t be a problem. In the case of a long-term outage, it might get pricey to run the generator nonstop. Then again, losing a freezer full of food can also be costly — and staying warm/cool and being able to charge your cell phone are definitely important things to consider.