The Importance of Having a Back-up Generator for Your Home

windmills-2263325_1920Summer is here and Hurricane season is on the horizon.  If you live in an area affected by severe storms and power outages, you know that there is nothing more miserable than to be without power for extended periods of time.  Days without air conditioning or power for your refrigerator in sweltering heat is something that no one wants to deal with.   It can be expensive, dangerous for babies and the elderly, and can make life just plain unbearable.  Even winter storms can create outages that can result in intolerable conditions for you and your family.  Having a generator ready to go could be the safety net that your home needs.

Financial benefits to having a generator

It’s important to have a back-up plan for when these outages occur.  Home generators are the key to keeping your home comfortable and safe when dealing with inclement conditions.  The purpose of a generator is to power your home in the event of a power outage. Today’s generators offer more than just an alternate source of power because they can be installed in a way that suits your lifestyle. There are also critical financial benefits as well.

  • Ya gotta eat, right? If your appliances are kept functioning, your food and other perishables won’t be lost. refrigerator-1619676_1920
  • If your heating and cooling systems are still functioning, you won’t have to evacuate your home and pay costly hotel fees and accommodation expenses.
  • While you work from home, your computers, printer, and other business equipment will be kept running and you will be able to continue to earning.
  • frequency-949236_1920In the event that severe or even dangerous weather is happening, you will be able to keep TV and radios working so that you can stay up-to-date on conditions.
  • If you have a sump pump, you can avoid a possible flood on the inside and outside of your home.
  • Generator’s increase your home value.

Necessity or luxury?

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Assessing your power needs

There are many factors to consider when figuring out the size of generator that you might need.  The more watts you need, the bigger the unit, and unfortunately, the higher the price tag.  Things to consider can include:

  • Determining the wattage usage for your home. You may want to have a local electrician do a wattage assessment on your home.  You might also opt to try out an online calculator.  Colorado Standby or Electric Generators Direct are great options for finding out general guidelines.
  • The next step is to figure out how much of your home and which features you would like to power. You can have an electrician create an emergency panel with only the items you would want to power.  This could include the refrigerator, sump pump, AC, etc.  Afterward, you would determine the wattage needed to accomplish this and purchase a comparable generator.
  • You may want to purchase a generator that will power your entire home.
  • Another alternative would be to consider a “load-management” system. This option would allow you to power everything in your home, just not all at once.

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The decision to purchase a generator for your home can be very confusing.  With a few simple steps, you can determine the size of the generator that you need and can keep your home comfortable, safe, and free from the internal damage that can occur in a power outage.