Should I Buy a Standby Generator for My Home?

Deciding whether to purchase a Standby Generator for your home depends on personal preference. In today’s world, electrical blackouts are increasing with an aging infrastructure battling against frequent and powerful storms. It is now possible for homeowners to ensure that, no matter what causes your home to be without power, you will never have an interruption. At RC Electric, we understand the importance of this decision, so we’ve provided you with some important factors to consider.


Power Usage

There are two general categories that generators fall under based on their power: liquid propane and natural gas. Beneath these are a wide range of sizes and energy outputs available. These options allow a professional the ability to help you choose a generator perfectly suited to your needs. Some homeowners may want complete functionality of their home, this would require a larger, more expensive unit, while most professionals would recommend what’s called a “partial house generator.” This “partial house generator” is more cost-effective and is suited to provide electricity to key portions of your home, such as a water heater, security system, and lighting systems.



An often-overlooked portion of the generator purchasing process is understanding the sound output. Most cities have restrictions as to where a generator may be installed, such as 5 feet away from an entrance, and 5 feet away from flammable materials. Decibel ratings are used to determine if a generator will be a nuisance to neighbors. Opting for a liquid propane generator is commonly known to be the quieter option for people dealing with dense urban areas with strict housing codes.



Purchasing a backup generator can ensure your home’s power is protected now, but keeping the generator in top condition will make certain that your power is protected for years to come. We recommend servicing your generator every 24 to 48 hours of use and having a professional change the oil and air filter after every 7-10 days of use. Generators are fantastic for their ease of use, but staying mindful of servicing requirements is important in the long run.



The cost of purchasing and installing a home generator can vary greatly depending on the home and the expectations of the homeowner. Currently, a standby generator costs anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. Installation costs depend on the choice of the generator, the home itself, and even the location of the home.


For more information on Standby Generators, to receive an installation quote, or to schedule a consultation, contact RC Electric, your trusted local electrician in Tallahassee, FL!