Generac Home Generator Worked Flawlessly When Sandy Hit
Model 5875 20kW - Compliment
Living in the Northeast and suffering through five power outages over the past three years I had enough. You feel like a prisoner in your own home with no heat, refrigerator, phone, TV, internet etc. Average down time was four days. I considered a portable gas generator but there are many drawbacks. You're very limited on what you can power, they suck up to 20 gallons of gas a day and extensions cords all over the house. Also they produce "dirty power" which is okay for your washer but not for your computer, TV and other sensitive electronics.
Decided to go with the Generac whole house generator, it powers everything with natural gas or LP. This is a two day install requiring a Transfer Switch, gas pipe direct to generator, underground electrical connection and wiring to the main panel. Definitely not do it yourself.
When Sandy hit we lost power for 10 seconds. The Generac instantly powered on and ran for four days straight. I questioned the initial expense but it was well worth it when the power went out. My neighbor is a cancer patient needing refrigeration for his IV bags. I ran an extension cord direct from the generator to his house supplying power for this. He was also able to power a portable heater, several lights and a TV.
Conclusion: The Generac Generator was well worth the money. It supplied complete power with no problems. Consider this if you want true backup power and peace of mind when the power goes out.