A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.

When the power goes out in your home during any season, you and your family are deprived of the comfort, enjoyment and security that you expect and deserve in your home. For this reason, many homeowners consider installing backup generators for their property.

Now is the best time to consider having a generator, not only convenience during short power disruptions, but with hurricane and tropical storm season upon us, it might be the smartest tool to assist during lengthy power outages.

Home generators have drastically advanced over the years. Compared to gasoline-powered portable generators that require you to drag out your equipment and pull start (a few times!) to get your power going before you plug in your essentials, modern home backup generators power on automatically.

Within seconds of a utility power disruption, your generator begins to restore power to your property. This means less fuss and worry between power loss and generator power restoration.

Backup generators can use natural gas as a power supply as well. That means that whether you have two hours of downtime because of a thunderstorm or two weeks of no electrical service because of a hurricane, you’ll have power through your backup generator either way.

The most crucial aspect of a home generator installation project is choosing the right system for your property. Backup generators are a substantial investment, so you must select one that will provide for your needs in the best possible manner. Depending on the layout of your property and the systems you need to keep running, the size of your ideal generator will be different.

One of the most often overlooked aspects of a home generator is harmonic distortion. Many of the appliances and electronics in a modern home are very sensitive to variations in current. If the harmonic distortion of your generator is too high, it can damage these sensitive devices.

Having the proper setup, generator capacity and power options will help avoid damaging these sensitive appliances.

Hiring the proper professionals to install your generator is imperative to a successful operating system. Highly trained and experienced electrical technicians will ensure a proper install for both efficiency and safety.

Having a professional will guarantee your system is installed correctly.

Dave Miller, owner of Superior Services, has been providing residential and commercial whole-home services in the Lowcountry for 20 years. Visit Gotosuperior.com for more information.