Should I Get a Portable Generator or Stationary Generator?


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Portable vs. Standby Generators: What to Consider

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a generator. Whether you should buy a portable or stationary generator can vary based on your needs and preferences. Below you’ll find a guide comparing aspects of both portable and stationary generators to get an idea of what type would be best for you.


Portable Generators do not require any installation but do require a place of storage for both the unit and fuel when not in use.

Stationary Generators must be professionally installed. A plumber is also required to connect the generator to your fuel source (natural gas or propane), and your fuel supplier is needed to inspect the work.


Portable Generators are operated manually. This means that when you think you need it, you have to take it out of storage and plug it into your house. You then need to make sure it has appropriate fuel levels, and turn it on in a safe location (usually outdoors). This is because these generators produce high levels of carbon monoxide gas that can be deadly if too much is inhaled.

Stationary Generators are programmed to automatically turn on when they sense your power levels dropping. Since stationary generators are connected directly to your power system, the power transfer is nearly seamless. These generators are also connected to their own power source, so you won’t need to refuel them while in use.


Portable Generators are able to power lights and some appliances during a power outage.

Stationary Generators are able to power your entire house through an outage.


Portable Generators tend to be slightly louder than stationary generators.

Stationary Generators run about 15 minutes once a week to run a system check, and can be heard throughout that time.


Both portable and stationary generators have different costs for different uses. The more wattage you desire a generator to output, the more it is going to cost you. However, stationary generators are noticeably more expensive than portable types.

Who Installs Generators? Where Can I Buy One?

So you've made the decision to add a generator to your home. Great! Now it's time to contact a qualified electrician who can help you select the right type, brand, and model. Buying a generator is much more than picking something off the shelf and plugging it in. Generators need to be sized correctly for the properties they are going to serve. If the generator is too small, it won't have sufficient power to do the job it's meant for and it can overload. If it's too large, you'll be stuck overpaying for both the unit itself and its operating costs. That's why working with an electrician is essential; he or she can ensure that you get the right size generator for your needs.

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Need an Electrician for Generator Hook Up?

If you're located in Lake Mary, Florida or any of the surrounding areas, All Electric Services is ready to help you purchase and install a home generator. We understand that there are many different factors to consider when purchasing a generator for your home. All Electric Services can be your number one resource when it comes to information and pricing for the generator tailored to your needs.

If you have any questions feel free to fill out a contact form or give us a call at (407) 890-7782.