It’s frustrating to be stuck in a power outage with no light, computer access, or entertainment and being afraid to open the refrigerator for fear of spoiling hundreds of dollars’ worth of food. And with more people working from home these days, power outages can affect not only conveniences, but livelihoods, too.
Spring storms are a reminder that Colorado weather can wreak havoc with electrical service. Heavy, wet spring snow brings downed power lines, and thunderstorms can knock out power, sometimes for several hours at a time. Add to that the increased construction and road repairs that come with warmer weather and it’s a rare person who doesn’t experience at least a couple of power outages.
But you don’t need to be at the mercy of nature and careless workers with a generator ready to take over when the lights go out.
Backup vs. Standby
Backup generators are usually portable gasoline-powered models that can be stored until needed. They can come in handy in emergencies, but generally don’t have enough output to run more than a few basic items. They require careful use and understanding to prevent disasters ranging from shocks and fires to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Standby generators, on the other hand, are permanent outdoor installations that are connected to your home wiring. An automatic transfer switch that senses an outage and starts the generator assures uninterrupted power even if you’re away from home. They are installed professionally to code and are powered with safe, clean natural gas or propane.
Standby generators come in a variety of sizes to suit individual needs. They can be installed to power only essential items – refrigerators and freezers, heating/cooling systems and basic lighting – or as a whole-home power source to keep everything running as if the power never went out.
Call Allstar for an Assessment and Estimate
Allstar Electrical Services will work with you to assess your standby power needs and explain your choices in easy-to-understand terms. We will estimate the costs of your options and discuss what’s involved in installing your standby power source.
Allstar Electrical has served the Front Range for nearly fifteen years. Over that time, we are proud to have been recognized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association with numerous meritorious service awards. We were recently honored with a 2013 Super Service Award by Angie’s List.
The pros at Allstar Electrical are ready to help you determine the best solution for your standby power needs. Visit our website for complete details about our services as well as timely articles about the latest developments in the ever-changing world of electronics. Then give us a call at 303.399.7420 or use our handy on-line forms to request an estimate or to set up an appointment.