Choosing the Right Generator: Stationary or Portable

Major storms in recent years have caused many homeowners to consider whether it might be smart to buy a generator. There are two main types of generators: stationary and portable. The following will help you understand the important differences between these two types before you make your purchase.

Stationary Generators

A stationary generator is strong enough to power all the appliances in your home from little to big, while a portable generator can only handle the electrical demands of just couple necessary appliances. Stationary generators are often quieter and safer than portable generators and operate automatically. A stationary generator will last about 15 years and allows you to know that no matter where you are when the power goes out, the generator will automatically power up.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are made to power your home’s essential appliances. Portable generators are less costly than stationary generators and are user-friendly. You must be home to power up a portable generator and require monitoring. A portable generator operates on gas and the typical tank holds around three to six gallons, so you must periodically refill it. Due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust, portable generators must be kept about ten feet away from your home, where it is protected from the weather, but allows air movement.

If you aren’t looking to make the investment of a stationary generator, Ritter offers several types of quality portable generators. Here are a few options our stores have available:

Ritter has you covered! Our knowledgeable associates are here to help answer your questions and help you find what you need.