No one likes a power loss, and the benefits of home generators can eliminate much of the discomfort such losses bring to homeowners. Installing a whole-house generator is a significant investment, but the costs can be quickly recouped, and the price is minimal compared to the potential damage a power loss could inflict.
Power Sump Pump
Maybe you thought your basement flooding problems were over once you installed an automatic sump pump. Bad news: If the power goes out, your sump pump will not turn on. The average cost of cleanup for a basement flood will depend on how much water fills the basement and whether harmful contaminants are present. The total bill could range from a few hundred dollars to over $10,000. A generator will kick in as soon as the power goes out, so as long as your sump pump is in good working order, you are protected from this disaster.
Heat Cold Pipes
If a home is left unheated for any length of time in freezing temperatures, a burst pipe is a real threat. Exposed to a temperature of 20 degrees, a pipe of two-inch thickness and with 1.5 inches of insulation will only take a little over four and a half hours to freeze. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst water pipes inflict more than $5,000 in damage. Once your insurance company knows the problem was caused due to inadequate heat in the home, you may not receive any reimbursement.
Save Money and Prevent Looting
If the power goes out for any length of time, all of your groceries may spoil. If you just visited the market, this could equal a few hundred dollars or more, counting your reserves.
During a lengthy power outage, you will not have heat or air conditioning. Your cell phone might lose its charge. You will not be able to contact the police if you have an emergency. If you or a loved one is dependent on electrical medical equipment, you must be able to access power immediately. These circumstances may force you to stay at a hotel — an expensive proposition. When you abandon your powerless home, you are exposing it to potential looters as a prime target. You could lose thousands of dollars of valuables, cash, electronics and jewelry on top of the cost of a hotel stay. A generator will keep the home well-lit and livable, saving you the cost of the hotel and lowering the risk of burglary.
Receive an Insurance Discount
Some policy owners can receive a 5 percent annual discount on their home insurance when they install a backup automatic standby generator. For the reasons listed above, insurance companies appreciate generators for their ability to prevent floods, burst pipes and break-ins.
To learn more about whole-house backup power and the additional benefits of home generators, contact Stanger Electric today.