A home generator offers more than just a few benefits in the midst of a power loss. Instead of having to adjust your daily routines, you can still use hot water to shower, keep groceries refrigerated and heat or cool your home, depending on your needs.
While a summertime power loss may result in an uncomfortable, sweaty night’s sleep, a winter power loss can be life-threatening when temperatures plummet. Home generators are the answer if you are looking for a safeguard against cold weather power outages. Read on to find out how you can tell if you truly need a home generator and for some guidelines to help you choose the type that best fits your needs.
Where Is Your Home Located?
Regional climate is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. Do you live in an area with consistent heavy snowfall or frequent ice storms? If so, the primary reason you may lose power in the winter is because the weight of the snow and ice coatings are too much for the power lines to handle. With limited travel ability, it can take crews days or weeks to resolve power issues during such storms.
Does Your Family Have Specific Medical Needs?
Do you have an aging adult in your home? Does a family member have specific medical conditions requiring working equipment around the clock? Any piece of medical equipment, such as an oxygen supply system, must be backed up with generator power or else your loved one’s life could be at risk. Young children are also more susceptible to cold and illness, so a home generator can provide new parents significant peace of mind.
Should You Buy a Portable or Standby Generator?
The main differences between a portable and a standby generator are capacity and functionality. Portable generators must be placed outside the home and extension cords linked to all appliances the homeowner would like to power. Most portable systems only allot two to four outlet spaces, so the number of items receiving power at one time is limited.
Also, portable systems are powered either by gasoline or diesel fuel, which can run out quickly. During a large-scale power outage, gas station pumps will not work, so you would need hundreds of gallons of fuel on hand to keep your home systems running.
When you depend on an electrician to install a whole-home standby generator, you are much more likely to be satisfied with your purchase. The system’s capacity will be matched to your home’s power needs, and it will turn on automatically when the main power is lost. Standby systems are powered by your home’s natural gas or propane supply, so there is no need to refuel. It will cost more to install and wire a standby system up front, but it is almost guaranteed to work as long as it receives regular service ― plus it adds value to your home.
If you are ready to invest in a home generator to keep your family safe this winter, call Stanger Electric for affordable, professional installation.