Installing a standby generator is a great way to ensure power to your home or business in the event of a blackout. But before you install a generator, you may have a series of questions about the safety and efficacy of a generator, including whether or not generators are safe for electronics. Here’s what you should know about generators, power surges, standby vs. portable generators, and your electronics—for more questions, reach out to our team at Generator Technologies Inc. directly.
Understanding how standby generators work is the first step to making a decision about whether a standby generator is the right choice for your home or business.
Unlike a portable generator, a standby generator is connected to your home’s electrical grid and a more permanent source of fuel—usually a large propane tank or natural gas line. As soon as a loss of energy to your home is detected, the standby generator will kick on, providing electricity within a few seconds of power loss.
When it comes to protecting your small electronics, standby generators are generally safer than portable generators. This is in large part because power surges that can damage electronics are more common with portable generators.
Most home and business owners recognize that standby generators are perfectly safe for larger appliances, but can the same be said for smaller electronics?
In general, yes—standby generators are perfectly safe for small electronics and are designed in a way to avoid power surges that can cause damage. That being said, it’s always a good idea to protect small electronics by using a surge protector, regardless of where your electricity is coming from.
You can also reduce the risk of power surges by making sure that your generator is well-maintained, tested regularly, and is using the correct type of fuel, high-quality fuel, and the right amount of fuel.
If you are thinking about installing a standby generator and have questions about the safety or efficacy of a standby generator, our team at Generator Technologies Inc. has answers. We can help you to select the right generator for your home and will manage the installation process from start to finish. To learn more about residential and commercial standby generators, reach out to our team by phone or online today.
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