How to Decide if You Need an Emergency Generator for Your Home, and How to Pick the Right One
Rain. Wind. Snow. Heat.
Our aging power infrastructure can't keep up with increasingly intense weather events. And yet we're more reliant on power than ever. We need it to keep our food from spoiling, to maintain crucial medications, to stay connected to our colleagues and loved ones, and to have a comfortable living space.
As the gap widens between our demand for power and our ability to rely on it, the need for a backup plan becomes clearer. Below, we'll talk about the benefits of getting a whole home generator, and how to pick the right one for your home.
What a Whole Home Generator Can Do for You
Until we experience a significant power outage, we tend to underestimate just how much we rely on the power grid. One phone call to the local utility and we have 24/7 refrigeration, lighting, cooking, and air conditioning... until we don't.
Major storms, extreme heat, even simple service disruptions can cause power utilities to go down for days. During such a time, how will you keep food fresh, stay warm or cool, or keep up with work?
This is where a home generator becomes crucial.
Here are some of the benefits that a whole home generator can provide when the grid fails:
- Keep Food Safe
- Preserve Medication and Medical Equipment
Is A Whole Home Generator Worth the Investment?
To be sure, a quality generator is not cheap. The price of a generator ranges base upon various factors:
- The size of your home
- How much electrical draw you want to replace
- The current set up of the electrical wiring within your home
- The generator fuel
- How long you want the generator to run for
If you don't have reliable alternative resources to meet these needs, an emergency generator for your home may be necessary.
If you've decided to get a home generator, the first thing you'll need to determine is how much electrical capacity you'll need from it. Do you simply need to maintain operation of basic appliances, such as a refrigerator or an air conditioner? Or do you also need to keep the lights on and maintain other customary functions? In either event, it's important to take stock of how much power you typically use, so you can account for how much you need to replace.
Whole home generators are available in a range of sizes and capacities. A knowledgeable Cannondale professional can not only help you to select the generator that's appropriate for you, but also help to install and maintain it.