Depending on what part of the country you live in and the size of the city, power outages could be a frequent occurrence for you. Whether it’s caused by a severe storm, natural disaster, or an overloaded power grid, sooner or later your home will experience a loss of power. The big question is whether or not you need a back-up generator or a whole house generator to power your home during a power outage. There are a number of factors that should be considered before you make a decision to invest in a back-up power system for your home. Here are a few tips to help you decide.
What Causes Power Outages?
Power outages occur for a number of reasons including:
Equipment failures – electrical systems are made up of many different parts, and like any other piece of equipment these pieces can fail at any time, and typically when one piece fails, the whole system goes down.
Wildlife interference – squirrels and birds can come into contact with electrical equipment which sometimes causes equipment to fail or shut down momentarily.
Falling trees – trees fall all the time, whether it’s from rot or weather, and when they land on power lines, they typically cause them to shut down for a while.
Weather – lightning, high winds, and ice are other common factors in power outages. These kinds of power outages can cause loss of power for several days
Car accidents – often, when cars lose control they end up in the direct path of a power line or utility pole causing damage for miles.
Why Are Generators Necessary?
In the event that you do lose power, having a generator can be incredibly helpful. Since one of the most common causes of power outages is bad weather (including extreme heat or extreme cold), a generator will help you to regulate your home’s temperature so that you don’t have to suffer through the blazing or freezing temperatures. A generator will also keep your refrigerator powered so that your cold foods don’t go bad. Eating foods that have not been stored at proper temperatures can cause food poisoning and even E. coli.
Whole House or Standby Generator
If you live in an area that is frequented by severe weather and you are accustomed to losing power for days or weeks at a time, then you may want to invest in a whole house generator. A whole house generator can have a capacity of anywhere between 22 to 48 kiloWatts of power. With that kind of power, you can run everything in your house for up to two weeks. It’s as if you never lost power at all.
With a standby generator, you can only power a few things at once. Standby generators are good for when the power loss is for a brief period of time. You can use your standby generator to power your refrigerator, and AC unit.
Benefits of a Whole House Generator
There are many benefits of a whole house generator over a standby generator. A whole house generator offers much longer run times which means that if the power is out for an extended period of time, you will still have adequate power to run appliances, electrical devices, and HVAC systems. In addition, whole house generators have greater fuel options such as diesel, natural gas, and liquid propane.
How We Can Help
The peace of mind alone that a whole house generator will give you is worth the cost. Knowing that your home will still be functioning as it should, and your family is safe and comfortable no matter how long the outage lasts, will make you as worry-free as possible during these stressful times.
If you’re looking to weather the next power outage, then let the experts at Thermo Direct handle all of your HVAC and electrical needs. Give us a call and let one of our techs examine your house and recommend and install the perfect generator to keep your home running even when the power is out. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about the services we offer!