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The Endless Benefits of Having a Home Backup Generator

Posted On: July 20, 2015

Powered by liquid propane fuel or natural gas, residential backup generators offer homeowners peace of mind during unexpected power blackouts by providing a continuous flow of power. With so much of our daily live revolving electricity, home backup generators allow you to run appliances such as air conditioners, sump pumps, refrigerators, heaters, washers/dryers, and lights even when power is down.

A backup generator can power a house for days after a blackout. However, they can be complex machines and require a bit of an investment. Before making the final decision in terms of buying a home backup generator, it is good to review its advantages and disadvantages. It is also important to consider the fuel sources.

Why Should I Install a Home Backup Generator?

A backup generator acts as an insurance policy. There is no telling when or if one will need it. Whether it is worth the investment depends on one’s tolerance for power interruptions, budget, and personal situation. People who rely on electricity to power medical equipment, live in an area with frequent, prolonged blackouts, or work at home and need uninterrupted power to stay connected should invest in a backup generator. Having a generator installed is also an excellent option for anyone who wants peace of mind to be prepared for unexpected situations.

Not sure if a backup generator is right for your home? The heating experts at SOS Xtreme Comfort serving NY, NJ, and PA are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!

Benefits of owning a residential backup generator include:

  • Fast and automatic delivery of power during a blackout
  • It allows homeowners to operate their homes, including heating and cooling systems, televisions, computers, and other appliances
  • Allows homeowners to maintain comfort and safety levels during emergencies
  • Protects the home from dangerous voltage fluctuations and surges when the power returns
  • Safe operation during man-made and natural disasters
  • Affords homeowners peace of mind by ensuring their loved ones are safe during times of emergency

Benefits of Natural Gas and Propane Generators

One of the first things to consider when installing a generator in your home is what type of fuel source you want it to run on. When choosing a fuel source, the choice between natural gas and propane often depends on the location of the home. Most homes on the city grid often use natural gas to power space heating and other appliances, including backup generators. However, homes not located on a gas service network use propane to fuel their standby generators. Propane is used because it is cost prohibitive to extend the natural gas line to existing homes.  Other than a lower startup cost, another advantage of owning a propane-powered standby generator is that liquid propane can be stored in a tank on the property.

Also, natural gas and propane home generators offer many benefits over gasoline generators. Some of these benefits include:

  • Propane and natural gas are tasteless, colorless and nontoxic with a unique odor added for easy detection
  • Propane and natural gas do not go bad with time
  • They are affordable
  • They are abundant
  • They are convenient


Once a backup generator is installed, a homeowner does not need to worry about being stuck in the freezing cold or dark again. Additionally, it can also add value to a home and safeguard the family by keeping the power on in an emergency.

For any questions on backup generators, contact SOS Xtreme Comfort, the heating experts in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We specialize in the installationmaintenance, and repair of backup generators for your home. Power outages come when least expected and can cost a fortune.

Don’t deal with any more power outages! Call the home heating experts at SOS Xtreme Comfort at our Milford, PA location at 570-618-8055, our New Jersey location at 973-827-8179, or in Tuxedo Park, NY at 845-351-4700.

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