Angie's List Report: All About Home Generators

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 5/09/2013 9:43 am
(WDEF) During severe weather season, a home generator can be a must-have accessory.
      Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Generators can be a great safety measure in case of a power outage. It can prevent food from spoiling in your home, it can help you do your everyday things, keep pipes from freezing, and if you have any medical equipment that runs off electricity it can be a lifesaving tool as well."
     Homeowner Edward Cochran agrees.  He said, "I'm very glad that we have a generator. You don't need it very often but when you do it's really nice to have it. And it doesn't have to be a big investment. You can get by for several hours on less than $1,000."
    When it comes to generators, homeowners have a couple of options.  Both portable and permanent generators are on the market today.
    Chris Hinesley is an Electrician Contractor.  He said, "Permanent/automatic transfer switch systems are chosen by people who really don't want to worry about what breaker or what switch to turn on and when. The unit that you install figures that out for you and it provides you with emergency power when your power goes out and you don't have to do a thing."
     Hicks added, "A licensed electrician is the type of contractor you'd hire to install a whole house generator. A whole house generator is going to run anywhere from a few thousand dollars to as much as nine or $10,000 depending on the size of the generator."
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