Generators are the best option for backup energy in your home but can be a lengthy process. There are a multitude of different options, which can make the decision-making process a tough one. It’s important to start with the basics, and realizing what’s at risk if your home were to lose power. Outages are bound to happen, and typically the issue is resolved relatively quickly. There are electrical emergencies, however, where you may be without power for several days. Blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are bound to strike. Even extreme heat can cause power outages. While these situations are unpreventable, you can lessen the impact they have on your home and loved ones. Choosing a generator as a backup power source is ultimately the right choice for your home or business.
How Generators Can Help You
Generators have proven their efficiency in keeping things running in the event of an emergency. The following is a list of ways that a generator can help increase your safety and extend the life of your supplies when disaster strikes:
- Food Loss
If your power goes out, your refrigerator and freezer will cease to work. Once this happens, perishables can begin to deteriorate almost immediately. In the event that your power is out for several days, most of your food and drink will undoubtedly expire. Whether in a home or business setting, it’s important to preserve food from spoiling for as long as possible. Once the generator turns on, your fridge and freezer will return to working as normal and your supplies will last longer. Also, the money you spent on these items won’t go to waste.
- Decrease in Time Without Power
Generators that are on standby are programed to turn on within seconds in the event of a power outage. It simply needs to warm up for a few seconds, and then it delivers power to your home or business. Warm-up time is typically under 30 seconds.
- Smooth Transition
Standby generators help to ease the switch when utility-generated power is implemented again. They are programed to run for a few minutes after this, just to be sure that the power is strong enough to service your home. Once the generator is signaled, it simply shuts off.
Even when the utility-generated power is out for a significant amount of time, the generator will make it possible for you to watch TV, use your iPod, have light for reading, and hot water! With a standby generator, the power will come from outside. As soon as it kicks in, you will be free to go about your daily routine in your home or business.
Because a generator turns on in seconds, no real disruption of your security service should occur. It will be back up and running before your commercial, business, or personal security system can malfunction.
- Sump Pumps!
Water damage may not immediately come to mind when you think about power outages. If you have a sump pump on your property, electricity is required to keep it working. If the power goes out due to a hurricane, or any other wet situation, your pump will fail and your basement or property can flood. A generator will keep these things running smoothly, and water damage will be one less thing for you to worry about.
- Staying Connected
Our phones and devices are a sort of life support for us these days. Through calls, texting, emails, and social media, we are in almost constant connection with the people in our lives. In the event of an emergency, maintaining contact is of the utmost importance. Without electricity, this simply isn’t possible. A backup generator will give you or your business the opportunity to stay in touch and avoid disruption.
- Power Loss is Unpredictable
We never know why or when we’re going to lose power. It could be due to severe weather, or something as simple as a tree branch falling onto a power line. No matter what the cause may be, a generator can help you be prepared.
How to Choose Generators
Now that you are aware of all the ways a generator can save you and your loved ones, your home, or your business, it’s important to choose the right one. You need to consider the best size model for your home or business, you want to be sure enough watts are available to supply power to the entire area. It’s also important to choose a model that can easily be serviced locally, you want to be sure that it’s working to its fullest potential at all times. Of course, there are other factors that aid in deciding what’s best for your property. Contact an electrician with any questions or service requests.
Call Streamline Plumbing & Electric today for more information on generators!