In Northeast Ohio, we’re accustomed to some pretty wild weather. This is especially true during early spring when blizzard season and tornado season can overlap – sometimes in the same week! Severe weather can lead to costly and inconvenient power outages, which may have you considering a whole-home generator. With 3.5 million Americans without power in any given week, you’re not alone. But what is a whole-home generator exactly, and do you really need one?

Know the Basics

Simply put, a whole-home generator is an automatic back-up power system that runs on natural gas or propane. It sits outside of your home, just like an air conditioning unit, and only kicks on if your power kicks off. In most cases, an automatic whole-home generator restores power in as little as 10 seconds! Unlike a portable unit, this type of generator provides more power with less hassle. So, who needs one? Consider the following.

You Live Somewhere With Extreme Weather

Harsh weather conditions like ice, gale-force winds and lightning can make your lights go out. In fact, severe storms cause more than half of all power outages. So whether you’re in the Snowbelt or the hurricane zone, if you’re located in an area where storms are frequent, a whole-home generator is a good idea. It even adds resale value to your home!

You Have Elderly Family Members in the Home

The human body’s ability to sense and to withstand severe cold diminishes over time, making older adults susceptible to hypothermia and especially vulnerable during a power outage. Certain medications and lower activity levels can also put the elderly at a higher risk. If left untreated, hypothermia can even be fatal. It’s a good idea to invest in a whole-home generator if your household includes seniors.

You Run a Home Business

Today, many people either work from home or run their own businesses from the home. A lack of power and possible computer data losses can have a big impact on your success. Particularly for home-based business owners, going dark for a few days can result in major losses that could be avoided with a whole-home generator.

You Can’t Afford the Damage

Loss of electricity can wreak havoc on your budget with damages like burst pipes. Anyone who has endured an extended power outage also knows that you may have to throw away an entire refrigerator’s worth of food, which is wasteful and expensive. If you want to protect yourself against these unwanted expenses, a whole-home generator is a good option.

You Value Your Peace of Mind

Power outages can be scary. Having no electricity puts you off the grid with no way to charge phones and computers, as well as no emergency alarm systems. If you’re the kind of person who likes to be proactive when it comes to your home, your comfort and your safety, consider the many benefits of a whole-home generator.

Ready to formulate a backup plan for your home? Contact Blind & Sons. We’re happy to help!