10 Reasons to Consider a Whole-Home Generator
The popularity of whole-home generators is on the rise. Generac, the leading manufacturer of whole-home generators, reported a net increase of 29% during the last quarter of 2020, with residential product sales increasing by 55%. The uptick in generator installations and sales really isn’t that surprising. More and more homeowners and businesses are doing what they can to become more self-reliant to sustain themselves when catastrophes strike. Whole-house generators, also called standby generators, can energize a house for days after a power outage. If you are considering investing in a whole-home generator, read on to learn the reasons why this could be a good idea.
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1. Storm Preparation
Let’s face it. Storms happen. And these storms often lead to prolonged power outages that can put you and your household at serious risk. A whole-home generator supplies power to your home when your electric company cannot. While the weather is the most common reason a power outage will occur, power failures stem from many different electrical malfunctions that can strike at unpredictable times. Whole-home generators go to work when your electrical company clocks out.
2. Convenient Home-Based Power in a Blackout
Having your own long-lasting power source that can power your home for days is no longer out of the domain of the average homeowner. Advances in technology have produced affordable products that put the power source into your own home. Whole-home generators can connect to a municipal natural gas source for a reliable, constant fuel source.
3. Peace of Mind
It’s hard to put a price tag on peace of mind. When a power outage hits your community, your whole-home generator will provide you the backup power you need in seconds. This means your appliances, pipes, refrigeration, medical devices, HVAC, and more will continue to support your family’s needs. The list of everything your house relies on for power is long. Investing in a whole-home generator ensures you will have long-lasting backup power when you need it.
4. No Remote Work Disruption
In April of 2020, 70% of the U.S. labor workforce was working from home. The most recent statistics have that percentage down to 56%, but that still represents millions of remote workers relying on their at-home work environments to continue their daily work. Whole-home generators ensure that these remote workers aren’t disrupted by power outages that would cut off their access to computer/office-related tools that rely on power.
5. On-Going Refrigeration
Standby generators also ensure that your food stays safe and fresh. Keeping your refrigerator powered up means that you won’t lose money from spoiled food. It also means you will have access to reliable nutrition during the power outage.
6. No Frozen Pipes
Winter causes outdoor temperatures to plummet. During a power outage, you have no heat for your pipes. This can lead to frozen pipes that burst, causing flooding and water damage. Whole-home generators ensure that your pipes stay warm enough by keeping the heat flowing.
7. No Long-Lasting Equipment Damage
Power outages aren’t just a temporary inconvenience. They can cause long-term damage to your equipment/appliances. Not having a proper backup power supply in place (or not having surge protection) can damage your equipment when the power comes back online. The cost to repair equipment could be sizeable.
8. Medical Device Power
Some health conditions require medical devices that need electrical power to operate, such as breathing machines (respirators, ventilators), power wheelchairs and scooters, oxygen, suction, or home dialysis equipment. Having your own backup power source at home is vital for those who need to power their medical devices.
9. HVAC Support
Consistent heating and cooling are of especial importance to children, seniors, and pets. Standby generators ensure that during a power outage, you have the HVAC support your household requires.
10. Increased Home Value
Whole-home generators not only increase your comfort and peace of mind, but they also increase the return on your investment. Consumer Reports states that home value can increase by 3% to 5% with the installation of a generator in some cases. A 2014 report by Remodeling Magazine stated that a standby generator installation offers a 150% return on your investment.