Hurricane season is quickly approaching and homeowners in Texas with backup power generators know the feeling of relief when a power outage occurs, and their lights and appliances stay on. Being the only family in the neighborhood with the A/C running isn’t the only advantage of having a backup power generator. A home power generator can keep your family safe and comfortable when powerful storms knock out the electricity in your home. Adding a home power generator can be an easy home improvement task.
However, people tend to purchase backup power generators just before or in the weeks following a major storm. This can lead to a rushed decision and possibly a generator that’s the wrong size for your home. Think about your options before a storm strikes, to make sure you purchase a generator that’s right for your needs.
WHAT CAUSES POWER OUTAGES?
According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency, almost 50% of large power outages are caused by severe weather. Most of these severe weather occurrences are from lightning, wind, and rain. The CRS found that the next highest cause of large power outages is equipment failure (almost 30%). No matter the cause, large power outages affect millions of homeowners and can wreak havoc on you and your house.
WHAT CAN YOU DO BEFORE THE STORM?
Do your research and decide what is best for your home. The following are 3 sources of back-up power.
- Backup power generators provide an alternate source of power for your home.
- Portable generators are typically fueled by gasoline or propane and require you to set them up when you need them by either plugging them into your electrical panel or directly into the electronics you wish to power.
- Standby Generators are backup generators that automatically power your home when the electricity goes out. When the whole-house generator detects a brownout or blackout, it can automatically begin to provide power within 20 to 30 seconds.
There are many reasons you may want to install a standby generator in your home. A standby or whole-house generator acts like an insurance policy, giving you peace of mind that your home is always protected. It will also protect your home from further loss or damage during a prolonged power outage. In fact, investing in a backup generator can save you money down the line in appliance repairs and pipe replacements.
Call us today to get an estimate and protect your home BEFORE hurricane season BEGINS!