Caution: Generators can produce odorless and deadly carbon monoxide. The rules for generators are not negotiable: Never use them in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding placement and have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors throughout your home.
Types of Generators
Generators fall into three categories: stand-by generators, portable generators and inverter generators.
1. Standby or permanent generators are wired into your home’s utility system. They usually have a larger power output and are a good choice if you have numerous essential items that you need to keep operating during a storm, especially if you have family members who require additional resources such as oxygen or refrigerated medications, have outbuildings housing animals or have large pumps for your furnace, water or other essentials.They’re also a good choice if you’re in an area where storm outages are frequent or problems tend to take a while to be fixed. Standby generators come with a higher price tag and require professional installation and usually permits