Severe weather and power outages are on the rise in the US. Here in the Midwest, our unpredictable weather can often leave home and business owners without power for hours, or even days. The costs of a power outage can really add up, especially if you aren’t prepared. If you’ve been left in the dark by a power outage, read on to find out if a home standby generator is right for you.
What is a home standby generator?
A home standby generator is a backup power solution that is permanently installed outside the home, like a central air conditioning unit. When access to utilities is lost due to a power outage, the standby generator automatically turns on to generate power to the home. Standby generators can generate power to the entire home, or just to a few necessary appliances, based on the homeowner’s needs and preferences.
Should I consider having a home standby generator installed at my home?
There are many reasons a homeowner might choose to have a standby generator installed. Here are a few questions to consider when deciding if a home standby generator is right for you.
1. Have I experienced recent power outages?
Changing weather patterns mean more extreme storms, and that means a rise in power outages. Couple this with the aging infrastructure of the US Power Grid, and you’ve got a recipe for blackouts. Power outages are becoming more and more common across the US, causing homeowners to seek a better solution to power outages than candles and flashlights.
2. Has a power outage cost my family money?
Loss of power outage can have financial repercussions in many ways. Loss of food, purchase costs of safety supplies, and cost of home repairs due to water damage (think inoperative sump pump) can add up quickly.
3. Does a power outage affect my water supply?
If you have a well with an electric water pump, you’ll lose water during a power outage. Even if you have city or county water, your water could be affected if the power is out long enough.
4. Am I still able to heat or cool my home during a power outage?
All across the US, we’ve been seeing more extreme temperatures during each season of the year. If you lost power during an ice or snow storm, could you still efficiently heat your home? Could you cool your home if you lost power during the summer months?
5. Does someone in my home use medical equipment that requires electricity to operate or charge a battery?
Medical equipment such power wheelchairs, breathing machines, oxygen, and home dialysis equipment all rely on electricity to operate or charge their batteries. Could you still use this equipment safely and reliably without power?