What an emergency generator can do for you.
When the power goes out, you may find yourself wishing that you had an emergency generator. From the inability to heat your home to the matter of rotting food in the fridge and freezer, an emergency generator can help you avoid a number of headaches should you experience a significant interruption of power.
Power outages occur for a number of reasons including storms, overloaded circuits, someone hitting a power line during digging, and equipment failure. Because no one can predict when a power outage will occur, it’s important to be prepared for one at any time.
While an emergency generator may not restore power to every single item in your home, you can have an emergency generator to restore power to the essentials. If you’d like to have your heat, your television, a lamp and a microwave oven available to you during a power outage, an emergency generator may be just what you need.
What Kind Do I Need
With a permanent standby emergency generator, the generator is installed by a licensed electrician and is wired as part of your electrical system. This type of system can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the generator and the complexity of the installation.
With a portable generator, you can power a few circuits at a time including lights, television, heat, etc. This type of emergency generator is more cost effective. However in this case you would have the inconvenience of running extension cords and manually starting your generator and refueling occasionally.
The automatic stand-by generator can be a great feature on any home. When the power goes out in the middle of the night these generators start automatically and transfer your entire house to the generator. Many of these units can be hooked straight into your existing natural gas meter or propane tank. In the event your away on business or vacation this can be a comfort knowing your house is protected. You don't have to worry about your water pipes freezing and breaking or your security system not working without power. This can be a deciding factor when choosing which is best for you.
While an emergency generator may be quite a large investment to many, it is well worth it in the case of an extended power outage.