Until it happens and our lives are disrupted by it, we rarely think about the ever-present risk of losing what keeps us safe and comfortable at home—electricity. Storm-related power loss – at any time of year – is more prevalent now than ever before and losing electricity can have bigger consequences than losing WiFi for a few hours. When you lose electricity for a few days or weeks, health issues and property damage can quickly become very real problems. All of this, should make every homeowner ask, “Do I need a backup generator?” It’s an important question that requires quite a few answers and facts you need to know, to make sure that you get the generator you need to keep life running smoothly when you lose electricity.
Important questions every homeowner needs to ask and get answers to when thinking about buying a backup generator.
Picking the right generator: Portable generators vs. standby generators.
If you’ve decided to purchase a generator, it’s important to get the right one for you and your home. Portable generators may cost less but do have limitations. Primarily, you can expect to go through about 5 gallons of gasoline every 8 hours. They usually are only capable of powering a few appliances and they are not safe for indoor use. Standby, or whole-house, generators, may cost more upfront but can be used safely and reliably in any weather. They can also power your home’s heating and cooling systems, along with other major appliances. A whole-house generator has a lifespan of over 15 years and switches on automatically as soon as the power goes off. If you live in a storm-prone area, a whole-house generator is a smart investment.
Important points to consider before purchasing a generator.
Before installing any generator, it’s best to get a consultation to help the company you’re purchasing the standby generator from determining the specific needs for you and your home. Some important points to clarify during this consultation are:
Keep life running smoothly and protect your home and family with a standby generator.
Having a generator helps prevent food spoilage, house fires, CO2 poisoning, and uncomfortable cold or heat. It can also help protect your property and appliances from potentially costly damages. These are just a few major reasons why every homeowner should consider getting a standby generator. Start planning your generator consultation and give us a call today.