Installing year-round peace of mind with standby whole house generators. In the Northeast, we are no strangers to bad weather. In Northwest New Jersey, we see tropical storms, super storms, hurricanes, squalls, blizzards, heavy snows and nor'easters. Any of which can take out the nearest power line - sometimes for days or even weeks at a time.
Not only do such storms bring with them excessive inconvenience, but for individuals who depend on life-sustaining electrical equipment, consistent and reliable access to power is non-negotiable. That is why we take great care to install quality equipment that you can rely on.
Whole house generators keep your home's systems and appliances powered up whenever you get separated from the power grid. They are designed to switch automatically to emergency backup power within seconds of an outage. Unlike portable generators which have to be hauled out of storage, filled with gas, and attached safely to your electrical system or an extension cord, whole house generators are installed on a permanent basis.
The models we carry can be fueled by natural gas (ideal for efficiency), propane, or diesel. Natural gas hooks directly into the system, but propane and diesel both require exterior tanks that will need to be refilled from time to time. Despite their name, a whole house generator can be hooked up to just certain circuits in your home. Many focus on just their well-pump and kitchen so they can continue to cook and wash as needed. When choosing the best generator for home backup, consider models with special features that run the unit more quietly or conduct weekly, self-diagnostic tests.
Natural Gas - Not all homes in our part of New Jersey have access to natural gas, however more and more neighborhoods are getting access each year. Natual gas is not only the most efficient, it's delivered via a pipeline, eliminating the need for a diesel or proprane tank on your property.
Propane Tanks - Most standby generators are powered with propane. They run quietly and are less costly than most natural gas models to install. They are, however, less efficient and cost effective to run and do require a large, unsightly tank. While they do require filling from time to time, if you rarely lose power, propane has a long shelf life and your fuel is not likely to spoil before you need to use it.
Diesel - Diesel is a safe option as they run on compression heating rather than spark ignition. They are more stable in this way than both gasoline and natural gas powered generators. Without spark plugs, they're actualy easier to maintain and the fuel carries more energy than the other options.
Gasoline - Gasoline is not recommended for a standby generator. While they are a good choice for portable generators, they're not a great option for a permanantly installed generator. There's often a shortage of gasoline during major power outtage events and it's a less stable option. Also, refilling with gasoline requires the generator to be off and cooled down for a while prior to filling to avoid fire or explosion.
As your generator ages, the potential for vital parts to break down will naturally increase. The older a model gets, the more difficult it may be to find the replacement parts necessary to keep your generator in working order. Sometimes, the generator manufacturers go out of business, or limit the length of time in which they’ll produce spare parts for specific models. When your generator is beyond repair, a replacement generator is almost always an upgrade. Today's models are far more efficient.
We will work with your current setup, or convert you to a more efficient fuel setup for your new generator.
Not all broken down generators need to be replaced! We also offer generator maintenance and repair services.