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Why You Need a Honeywell Standby Generator

Electricity is the secret ingredient to 21st-century life — both in the way we work and the way we unwind. A power outage brings us back to the dark ages: no AC or heat, no refrigeration, no light, and no entertainment. A simple outage disrupts the feelings of comfort and safety that make a house feel like a home. The other reason power outages are a source of homeowner anxiety: they are unpredictable, both in terms of their cause and how long they last, anywhere from hours to days on end.

That’s why homeowners who don’t want to be subject to the whims of the electrical grid choose to invest in a backup generator. While generators are available in both portable and stationary models, if you’re serious you’ll want to opt for the stationary model. Honeywell is the most trusted brand of standby generators — so that’s the brand we recommend and install.

22kw Honeywell standby generator

Learn more about the difference between a portable and a stationary generator — and what you’ll be able to power with each one. Plus, get the scoop on Vertex Mechanical’s March 2018 Honeywell Sale!

Difference between a Standby Generator and a Portable Generator

In theory, portable and standby generators do the same job: both units burn fossil fuels to provide backup electricity during power outages.

That’s where the similarities end. Standby generators are akin to having your own personal power plant next to your house. On the other hand, portable generators are more like lawn mowers — they’re small, they run out of gas at the worst times, and they don’t pack a punch.

  • Since standby generators are hooked into your natural gas line, they can essentially run forever. On the other hand, portable generators are limited by the tank size. Even units that are powered by LP gas can have a large storage capacity which will keep you running for long periods of uninterrupted power.
  • When the power goes out, setting up a portable generator involves a complex set of steps that can take an hour or two. As the name suggests, standby generators are ready at a moment’s notice. They come on automatically in about 15 seconds.
  • Setting up portable generators is also dangerous and is frowned on upon by the power company because you can unknowingly push power back into the grid while they are trying to fix it.
  • Standby generators produce about 10 times more electricity than their portable cousins.

How to Know What Your Generator Can Do

home with a standby generator

The amount of power a generator can deliver determines what you’ll be able to do with it. The most basic generators let you power your lights and a radio — while the Honeywell units basically provide enough electricity to power the entire home.

The way you determine what your generator can do is by matching the wattage your appliances need, against the wattage the generator produces.

If you have a small generator, you’ll need to make choices about what matters most. However, if you have a Honeywell generator, you can enjoy a normal life with minimal disruption. Even though we can size the generator large enough to do whatever you want, we generally recommend that you get a generator large enough to run the conveniences of life, but maybe on a somewhat limited basis.

Average Wattage Requirements for Household Items/Appliances

Since every brand and every model of appliance differs, their wattage requirements do, too. These are the average wattage requirements for common household devices.

  • Two Lighting Circuits: 200 Watts
  • Ten Lighting Circuits (in a Massive House!): 1000 Watts
  • Refrigerator: 1200 Watts
  • Sump Pump: 1000 Watts
  • Well Pump: 1000 Watts
  • Garage Door Opener: 900 Watts
  • Microwave: 1000 Watts
  • Electric Oven: 2000 Watts
  • Radio/Boombox: 50 Watts
  • TV: 400 Watts
  • Laptop: 50 Watts
  • Desktop: 200 Watts
  • Air Conditioning System: 9000 Watts
  • Washing Machine: 1200 Watts
  • Dryer: 7000 Watts
  • Video Game System: 100 Watts
  • Jacuzzi Tub: 1500 Watts

Depending on the generator you have, you may have to make some tough choices.

What Can Your Honeywell Generator Do?

Generac home standby generator

If you opt for total peace-of-mind with a Honeywell standby generator from Vertex Mechanical, you will be able to run your household normally, for as long as the outage lasts.

Your unit will generate 22 KW (or 22,000 Watts) — enough to run every item on that list. We also can install smart switches for larger items, so they all share the power without running at the same time. So, while the rest of the neighborhood is dark, you’ll be mostly unaffected.

What Can the Average Portable Generator Do?

The average $1,000 portable generator can provide about 2,200 Watts of electricity. While that voltage — and what it can do — pales in comparison to a Honeywell generator, it’s better than nothing. You’ll be able to have the lights on and keep your refrigerator running — but that’s about it.

Honeywell Standby Generator Sale

Through the end of March, we’re offering $1,000 off the purchase price of the 22K Honeywell standby generators. All you need to do to redeem the $1,000 discount is schedule your appointment sometime in March.

Your Honeywell will give you total peace-of-mind that whenever a power outage strikes —and for however long it lasts — you’ll be covered. Get started with your free Honeywell quote from Vertex today!

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