It’s easy to take for granted the fact that you have an uninterrupted power supply. But what happens when there’s a sudden power outage? What happens when a storm-induced blackout leaves you without electricity for days on end?
That’s why having a backup power supply for your home is an excellent investment. There are many backup power options available for you to pick from. If you’re unsure about which option to pick, Captain Electric’s got you covered.
Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Backup Power Option
- Your Home’s Power Needs
This is perhaps the most important consideration to make before you decide on a backup power option to select. Your backup power source must be able to handle all your home’s electrical needs when the chips are down.
- Fuel Type
Most backup power systems use diesel, propane, or natural gas as a source of fuel. The type of fuel you choose for your backup power system determines how effectively they’d run. How close the source of fuel is to your house also determines how much you’d spend on installing a backup power source.
- Installation Costs
Installing a backup generator is not as easy as fixing a light bulb in your sitting room. You’d need the experience of a licensed electrician from Captain Electric. They would help you wire your backup generator to kick in automatically once the power goes out. You’d need to factor these costs into consideration before picking a backup power system.
Backup Power Options
You can choose from any of the following backup power options:
- Standby Generator
A standby generator is the most comprehensive backup power option available. They can run in any kind of weather, including thunderstorms. Propane or natural gas-powered standby generators can run for long periods during a blackout.
- Portable Generator
A portable generator is useful if your electrical needs are minimal. Their power capacity is not so large, so their use in an emergency is limited. A portable generator can cater to basic electrical needs like powering the bulbs, the freezer, the furnace, and a few electronics.
- Battery Storage + Solar
A solar-powered system combined with battery storage combines the best of two worlds. Most modern homes employ this hybrid solution to their electrical power needs. Batteries store power from different sources for future use. Your home is powered during the day by solar and by batteries at night.
- Fuel Cells
Fuel cells are like batteries. Besides serving as a source of backup power for homes and offices, fuel cells can also power vehicles such as cars, buses, and trucks. Today, fuel cells use natural gas as their source of fuel. Although it’s a relatively expensive option, they are still worthy of consideration as a backup power supply.
Installing a source of backup power for your home and office requires careful consideration and planning. If you need help with any of the processes, you can call us at Captain Electric for a consultation.