Generators are the kind of home system most people don’t need. For those who do need it, however, they really need it. Our power infrastructure in this country is wearing down faster than we can fix it, and it means in some areas the threat of extended power outages is a common thing. Having a generator in those situations is a matter not only of convenience but safety.
Read on for some more reasons why you might want to have a generator installed in your home this season.
If you’ve ever had one of those smaller, gasoline-powered portable generators, then you know they can be kind of a pain to use. Sure, having one is better than sitting in the dark for hours, waiting for the lights to come back on. Still, if power outages are something you’re worried about, there are better ways to deal with them. A whole-house generator can monitor your power system, activate on its own when needed, and is powered by its own natural gas line. There’s no need for you to trudge out to the garage in inclement weather just to get the whole thing started.
Being able to keep the lights on and the food in the refrigerator from spoiling are all good things during a power outage, but they’re not the only reason to have a generator. Some people have medical equipment that needs to be powered at all times, and a whole-house generator can ensure they’re never placed at risk just because of an interruption in service. Others have electrical equipment that can become damaged or destroyed by a sudden outage. Not a thing you have to worry about with a whole home generator installed outside.
Without an enormous, countrywide push to revitalize our infrastructure, the issue of power reliability is only going to get worse. The more people pile onto the grid over time, the more prone it’s going to be to fail during certain conditions. Storm season can be an especially stressful time, not only because of the storms themselves but because of the rolling blackouts they can often cause. If you’re worried about the rising frequency of blackouts in your area, a generator might be a great way to fix it.
Installing a generator is a big job, and you want to make sure you actually can benefit from one before you have it installed on your property. So, if you’re thinking about installing a new generator, the first thing we recommend you do is call a qualified professional to evaluate your property for you. They’ll be able to tell pretty easily what kind of generator you need, and where you need to have it installed. Make sure you consult with a contractor you trust before taking the step of installing a new generator.
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