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Old 11-04-2012, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Backup generator for the house, suggestions

Okay, anyone out there have any suggestions or recommendations about home standby generators? I am in NJ, typical 2 family house, gas furnaces so I have the natural gas option (preferred to gasoline or propane). I have room in the yard on a concrete slab next to the back of the house.

I have gone without electricity or heat for almost a week, just got it back on and do not want to go through it again. I know the cost of the standby with installation is much higher but when I think about having to constantly refill a portable and run extensions thru the house, the ease of the standby seems like the way to go.

Anyone with any experience with either or both types, I would like to hear the pros/cons. Any dealers/installers near or in NJ, let me know. Thanx in advance for any info you can come up with.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my company has been installing generators made by "Generac" i would definately go with one that runs off of natural gas. they are a bit more expensive upfront this brand but at the end of the day they run by themselves. when the power goes out it takes care of everything and switches itself over and if you buy the right size you wont even know the power is even out.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my company has been installing generators made by "Generac" i would definately go with one that runs off of natural gas. they are a bit more expensive upfront this brand but at the end of the day they run by themselves. when the power goes out it takes care of everything and switches itself over and if you buy the right size you wont even know the power is even out.
what do these things run in price? just curious?
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You probably want to wait a while because the market is counting on people to rush to install these things only to not need them again for a year or more.

If you think your power is going to be okay this winter, wait until next summer for prices to come down.
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Thanx. I do plan on waiting but since it is a big ticket item I figured I would start my homework well ahead of time.
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