Spring is right around the corner, and storms may be headed our way. This can put you at risk for a power outage, leaving you with without electricity and use of your appliances. Not to mention, your perishables are at risk and your basement may flood if your sump pump can’t receive power. In order to prevent this unfortunate situation, you should consider a backup generator installation.
Benefits of a Generator
Power outages happen, but the problem is what can happen to your home once the power goes out. Homes that experience power outages without a generator are subject to power surges, a flooded basement or damaged plumbing, and an entire fridge full of spoiled food. If you rely on certain appliances, they won’t have power either. If you make the decision to install a generator, here are the ways it can benefit your home:
- Instant power. Generators like a backup or standby generator work by detecting when the power goes off, generating power immediately. This prevents power surges because there is a constant source of power running in your home. A power surge is a spike in your home’s electrical current and it usually happens when the power is abruptly cut off and turned back on. Although power surges are common, they can destroy sensitive electronics like your computer or entertainment system and even start an electrical fire.
- Protection. On top of preventing fire hazards, a generator makes sure important appliances like your home’s security system keep running. Your safety should always be a top priority, but without power, your security system can’t protect you and your household from intruders.
- Comfort. A home without power in the dead of winter, or in the hottest month of summer can make anyone miserable. Having backup installed and ready ensures you stay comfortable no matter when a power outage occurs.
What to Consider Before Making a Purchase
A generator is an appliance that any homeowner can benefit from, but it’s important to make sure you get one that can meet the requirements of your home. Doing a little planning ahead of time will help you in the decision-making process, so be sure to check off the following:
- Figure out your requirements. Generators aren’t designed to power the entire house, which is why it’s important to prioritize what gets power. Make sure to run through a list of what needs power, things like your refrigerator, HVAC system, and sump pump, to see which generator will best fit your needs.
- Install a transfer switch. A transfer switch is a must have, as you can’t just plug in the generator to your house. Your house needs to be disconnected from the grid before starting the generator; otherwise, the electricity produced can travel beyond your house and enter the grid, potentially killing any utility employees at work. A transfer switch is a safe solution that works by being wired directly to the house and shutting off power before the generator starts, directing any power generated to the designated circuits.
- Do your research. Depending on where you live, you may need to consider something more powerful like a standby generator or something just the occasional power outage, like a portable generator. If you live somewhere secluded where a power outage could last days or have the life-saving medical equipment, you might want to consider a standby generator.
A generator is a must have for any homeowner, but it’s important to make sure it works for your home. A licensed electrician will know what type of generator will best work for your home, and ensure a safe installation. Power outages aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause costly damages to your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late, prepare your home by calling an electrician today.