Does a Standby Generator Increase Home Value?

If you’re a homeowner thinking about purchasing a generator, you may be wondering whether your investment will pay off when the time comes to sell your home. Not to mention there are a lot of conflicting messages online about the value a generator can provide to your home. Some examples include “Standby generators will increase the value of your home tenfold!”, and “No, a standby generator is not a consideration in the buying process!”

This disparity leaves many people feeling caught in the middle. So what is the truth: does a generator increase home value or not?

Does a Standby Generator Increase Home Value?

The short answer: Yes. But maybe not as much as you’d hoped.

The long answer: The return you get on your generator will depend on two factors: your home’s location and the likelihood of a power outage. If you live in an area with frequent storms and outages (like New England) buyers will be more willing to pay for the peace of mind that comes with a generator. Conversely, if you can’t remember the last time a big storm hit, then a generator may not be as appealing for the buyer.

Similarly, think about your area’s power grid. Do you have overhead lines? These are far more likely to lose power than underground ones. Do you experience frequent outages even without severe storms? Then a generator is a must! Of course, even a home that is connected to a strong grid with underground power lines will experience outages from time to time. Under these conditions, a generator may be perceived as a “nice to have” feature for a home buyer.

Overall, the return on a generator investment tends to be between 56 and 84 percent. While the investment will increase your home’s value, you’re not likely to make a significant return on what you spent buying and installing the generator.

The Real Value: Peace of Mind

If you’re solely interested in increasing the value of your home, then you’re probably wondering whether it’s worth the effort. But it’s important to note that most homeowners don’t buy a generator simply as an investment—standby generators come with the guarantee that you’ll never be left in the dark.

Extended outages are common throughout New England. In fact, it’s rare to go through a blizzard or a thunderstorm without some homes losing their power. And going without power for days at a time comes with costly risks: burst pipes in the winter, spoiled food year-round—not to mention you can’t watch your favorite shows or enjoy the comfort of air conditioning!

With a standby generator, you’ll be free from worry. Your generator will automatically switch on in the event of an outage, meaning you’ll enjoy the comforts of electricity even as your neighbors sit in the dark. The best part? Your generator will switch on even if you’re not home, so you can take peace of mind with you when you’re on vacation or when you’re at the grocery store!

Whether you purchase a standby generator for your personal benefit or in the hopes of increasing your property’s value, there’s no denying that they are an excellent addition to any home. Are you ready to give your home the benefit of reliable backup power 24/7? Contact us today. One of our qualified Kohler generator technicians would be happy to speak to you about all of our home generator options.

Do I Need a Standby Generator? Things to Consider

Here in New England, we’re no strangers to power outages. From heavy snow and damaging ice storms in the winter (and fall… and spring!) to summer thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and torrential rain, we’ve seen it all. And for some homeowners, this is worrying! Maybe you did okay during the last power outage, but do you really want to go through that again? You may find yourself wondering whether a generator is the right option.

Do You Need a Generator?

It may seem unnecessary, but your first step should be to assess whether you really need a generator to begin with.

Some New Englanders pride themselves on surviving power outages. The stories of long outages begin to sound like fisherman’s tales: “I went without power for two weeks back in ‘08!”

But others aren’t so keen on the idea of being left in the dark. This may include elderly homeowners or those with special needs who really can’t afford to be without power, but it also includes those homeowners who just enjoy the comforts of a home with electricity!

Consider your personal needs when deciding whether or not you need a generator. If you don’t mind extended outages from time to time, a generator may not be in your best interest, but if the idea of another outage is less than exciting for you, it’s time to think about purchasing one.

What Type of Generator is Right for You?

Despite the frequency of hard-hitting storms in the area, it seems that right before each new storm hits, New Englanders make their way to their local hardware stores en masse, snatching every last generator off the shelves in frenzied last-minute preparation.

Think about this; if you grab the last generator left in the store, what are the chances it’s going to meet all of your requirements? Will it be the right voltage to power everything you need to run during an outage? Will it be the right brand? The right price? Probably not!

This is why it’s important to do some thinking in advance. What type of generator is really right for you? There are two main types of generator: standby and portable. Each type has its own advantages, and the type you choose will depend on your unique needs. However, we recommend standby generators over portable ones because of a few key advantages.

Do I Need a Standby Generator?

As you decide whether or not a standby generator is the right choice for your home, consider these points.

What Do You Need to Power?

Generators come in many different sizes, and the size you’ll need will depend on what devices you plan to keep running during an outage. If you only want to run a few appliances, such as your refrigerator, you may not need a standby generator. But if you want to run multiple appliances, keep the lights on, run your air conditioner, and watch television, a standby generator will be your best option. They are much more powerful and can handle power more devices – making your home more comfortable during extended outages.

The Power of Convenience and Reliability

Picture this: the next time there’s a big storm, your electricity goes out. What do you do?

If you have a portable generator, you’ll go to your garage or shed and drag your generator out of storage. You’ll trudge through rain or snow until you find the ideal place to put your generator, and then you’ll get it running. Did you remember to buy fuel for it? When was the last time it was run?

If you have a standby generator, your power goes out. Your generator – constantly monitoring your electricity – turns on, and you have backup power.

Which one sounds easier? Standby generators come with peace of mind you can’t get from a portable generator. You don’t have to do anything to get it running – and it will turn on even if you’re not home! You’ll never have to worry about coming home from vacation to burst pipes and a fridge full of spoiled food.

Cost

For many homeowners, the cost of a standby generator is the one thing standing in the way of purchasing one. While it is true that standby generators come at a higher cost than portable ones, the convenience and ability to power more appliances throughout the home is well worth the higher price tag.

Take the Next Step

Is a standby generator the right solution for your home? If you’re interested in installing a home generator, contact us today. One of our qualified technicians would be happy to help you select the generator that’s right for your home.

How to Choose the Right Generator Size

The cold weather is here, and with it you can expect snow, ice, and the occasional power outage. Are you prepared for the lights to go out? If it’s time to consider purchasing a generator, it’s important to select the right type and size for your home. But with so many generators out there, how do you go about choosing a generator size?

Assess Watt You Need

It all depends on what you need the generator for. If you just need the essentials, like keeping your refrigerator and lights on, you will not need a generator built to run air conditioners and appliances for several days straight.

When considering your generator needs, start by making a list of everything you will want to power during an outage and its wattage. Examples include a refrigerator (about 600 watts), computer (250 watts), television (200 watts), or washer (350-500 watts) and dryer (1800-5000 watts). Remember that some appliances, such as your refrigerator, require more wattage during certain times in their cycles. You should also take your heating system into account. Gas and electric systems will use different wattages, so take the time to consider your unique needs. If you’re having trouble assessing your energy needs, consult an electrician.

Choosing a Generator Size

Once you know what you’ll need to power, you’ll have a better idea of how much energy your generator will need to provide. Different sized generators offer different wattages, and standby generators can power more than portable generators, so be sure to select a generator that is capable of handling your power needs. A small portable generator can support 3,000 to 4,000 watts, while a large standby generator can support 10,000 to 15,000 watts. Carefully consider whether you may need the generator to power more in the future. You may feel that a small generator can power everything you need now, but somewhere down the line you may need more power (and a new generator).

Be Prepared

The most important thing when thinking about buying a generator? Don’t wait until you need one. When the power goes out, you want to stay in your home and enjoy your generator, not run to the store to purchase one. In an emergency situation, options will be extremely limited, and you will not have the luxury of selecting the right generator for your home. Prepare now: assess your energy needs, select a generator, and have it installed before there is a problem.

Choosing Between Standby and Portable Generators

As winter storms fast approach, do you have a plan for when your home loses power? As most New England homeowners know, a storm can strike at any time and loss of power can affect your home for days or even weeks. A generator is the best way to protect your home during these winter months. There are two kinds of generators: portable and standby. What is the difference, and which type is better for your home?

What’s the difference?

Portable generators are designed to be set up and used when the need arises. Because they are not permanently installed, they can be stored in a garage or basement until they are needed. When the power goes out, they need to be taken out of storage, set up, and fueled. They are powered by a fuel such as propane, which must be stored separately from the generator and added only when it is ready to be used. They can typically be used to power the basics, such as your lights, refrigerator, and heating system, and they require very little maintenance. However, they also give off high levels of carbon monoxide when in use, which means that safety precautions must be taken to ensure the gas is not inhaled.

Standby generators are professionally installed as permanent fixtures outside of the home. They are connected to your home’s energy source and constantly monitor your power. When a problem is detected, standby generators automatically switch on, so you’ll only be left without power for a few seconds. They can be used to power the basics, as well as your water tank, furnace, and other appliances, though depending on their size you may need to turn some appliances off in order to use others. Standby generators must be run for about 15 minutes every week to determine whether or not additional maintenance is needed, so it is often beneficial to work with a generator company to perform services as needed.

Advantages of Standby Generators

Though portable generators cost less and require less maintenance, standby generators are the best option for powering your home. Because they are always monitoring your power, you don’t have to worry about switching them on when there is a problem. Conversely, if you are not home to turn on a portable generator when the power goes out, you run the risk of your pipes bursting or food spoiling while you’re gone. Even if you are home when a problem comes up, you will have to go through the effort of setting a portable generator up outside and turning it on, which may be easier said than done during a big storm. Standby generators are typically more powerful than portable generators; while you may not be able to power everything in your home at once, you will have more flexibility to use the appliances you need.

If you want a worry-free way to ensure your lights stay on this winter, a standby generator is your best option. Don’t get left in the cold during harsh storms. Make sure your home is prepared by installing a generator before you’re left without power.