Posted: March 4, 2024

The Difference Between Portable & Standby Generators

Which one will work best for you?

generators Tarboro, NC It is always smart for homeowners to have a generator on hand in case the power suddenly goes out. Based on the estimate that most homes lose power for about seven hours a year, a blackout at one point or another is inevitable. That is especially true here in Eastern North Carolina where there is all sorts of extreme weather such as winter coastal storms, thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.

When it comes to generators there are two different kinds out there on the market and knowing the difference between the two will help you figure out which type will work best for you, your family and your home.

Portable generators

As you may be able to tell from their name, portable generators are indeed portable. They are not permanently placed in one specific spot. Instead, they can conveniently be relocated from one location to another based on need. Portable generators turn on and start manually and oftentimes they are made with power outlets on them that you can use for extension cords and to charge appliances and electronics.

Standby generators

Standby generators get their name from the fact that they “stand by” until you lose power. They are also sometimes called whole-house generators. Unlike portable generators that start manually, standby generators turn on automatically.

When power is lost, a standby generator will wait a little while to give the power a chance to turn back on. After that waiting period, if there is still no power, a standby generator will automatically turn on, allowing your lights, heating system, air conditioning system and other equipment to work. Standby generators are capable of working all throughout a power outage since they are fueled by either natural gas or propane – they don’t rely on electricity or power grids.

Benefits of standby generators

Standby generators offer homeowners a whole slew of benefits. Here is a look at a few:

Tidewater Energy has standby generators

Homeowners in Eastern North Carolina can turn to Tidewater Energy for help picking out the standby generator that works best for you, your home and your family. On top of that, you can count on our experienced and trained service technicians to install and service your generator.

Let Tidewater Energy help keep your home’s power up and running. Contact us today to learn about our complete generator services.