4 Benefits of Backup Generators
Electricity is such an integral part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine how we’d survive without it. From the time you rise to the time you hop into bed, and even while sleeping, you use electricity – to run your heating and cooling, to get ready for work, to brew your morning coffee, to heat up your lunch, to charge your electronics, and so on. You get the point. While no one wants to experience a power outage, it’s important to be prepared in case it does happen. Whether brief or sustained, a power outage can induce panic and anxiety. The best things one can have during this time is peace of mind – and of course, power. Get prepared now by installing a backup generator in your home. If you still need some convincing, here are 4 benefits of backup generators.
1. Continue Using Your Electronics with Ease
Depending on the type of outage you’re dealing with, your home could be without power for a few days. A standby generator will allow you to get back to the important things seamlessly. If you need to finish up a work project on your computer, watch local news, or you just want to be able to keep your phone charged in case of an emergency, a backup generator will provide enough electricity with ease.
2. Prevent Food from Spoiling
Your fridge has accumulated many perishable goods that can spoil pretty quickly. Dairy products, soy and nut milks, meats, casseroles and stews – these are just some of the things you’ll have to chuck if left unrefrigerated for more than four hours. Having to throw out and replace all of these items in your fridge can be quite expensive.
3. Maintain Comfortable Temperatures
There are endless benefits of backup generators, but this might be the most important. In the summer time, you don’t want to be without a working AC system in your home, especially if there are young, elderly or sick people living with you. An emergency backup generator will allow you and your family to stay cool and comfortable.
4. Peace of Mind While You’re Away
So you got a text message from a neighbor letting you know the entire street’s power is down, but you’re not home to do anything about it. What now? By installing a standby generator, you can avoid a potential disaster. A standby generator will make sure that not only your fridge and freezer continue to operate, but that your sump pump, AC and other essentials do as well.
Which Generator Is Right for You?
Choosing the best generator for your needs and budget can be a difficult process. At 24/7 Electric, we have the expertise to help you make the right decision. By determining which benefits of backup generators fit your needs, we can help you on your way to true safety and assurance. But before you purchase a generator, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the two types that are available – standby and portable.
A standby generator is permanently installed outside and, in a matter of seconds, will restore power to your entire home. As its name states, this type of generator is always on “standby,” meaning it’s there to help you as soon as an outage occurs. Because it runs on your home’s existing natural gas and is constantly monitoring your utility voltage, no action is required on your part to turn it on. Homeowners love this feature because it’s one less thing to worry about during an outage. If you choose to go with a standby generator, it must be installed by a licensed electrician.
Smaller in size, a portable generator can power the essential appliances in your home. If you’re looking for a more affordable and practical solution, opt for this type of backup generator. When researching for portable generators, pay attention to the wattages in their names. That’s how much power it provides. If you buy a 4,000-watt generator, you’ll be able to supply power to your refrigerator and freezer, your laptop and phone, some lights, your microwave or electric stove, and a few other necessities. To find out how much wattage each appliance use, check out this calculator from BC Hydro.
Like a standby generator, a portable generator must also be operated outside the house for your safety. If operated in a garage or inside the home, you could be subject to carbon monoxide poisoning because of the fumes and heat it emits. While a standby generator requires no action on your end, to operate a portable generator, you must fuel it and manually turn it on for it to restore power.
If you’re weighing the pros and cons of each type, you might find one of our previous blogs, “How to Choose the Best Generator for Your Home” helpful in making the process easier. For an expert opinion on portable and standby generators, schedule an appointment with us either online or by calling (587)-315-1361 or (778)-557-1519! We’d be more than happy to help you get the power you need.