Why a Whole Home Generator is Vital to Emergency Preparedness

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Why a Whole Home Generator is Vital to Emergency Preparedness

Until you have experienced a blackout, you never really think about getting backup power. However, once you have, you know what to expect. Everything in our modern lives depends on power to work. Being without it, even for a few hours, can be a miserable or even downright dangerous proposition.

We take a look at why you should consider a backup generator, what your options are, and how you can go about getting the right home generator.

Who Should Have a Backup Generator?

Ideally, everyone would have a backup generator, because blackouts and power failures can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. However, while that is certainly true, there are a few people who need power more than anyone, including:

  • Parents with young children, who need to sterilize or heat bottles or other items.
  • Anyone with a medical condition who requires power for treatment.
  • Elderly people who may injure themselves due to poor lighting.
  • People who work from home and who need power to earn a living.

There are many other cases where power is a necessity, but I think we can all agree that even if it is not strictly necessary to our health and wellbeing, it is necessary for our comfort and happiness!

What Are Your Backup Generator Options?

When it comes to home generators, you have two basic options: a portable generator or a backup generator (also sometimes known as a whole home generator.)

Backup generators are generators that are wired into your home’s electrical system, so that when the power shuts down, they automatically take over. These types of generators can either power some of your appliances (ranging from the bare essential survival appliances to more extensive ranges), or they can be what is called a whole home generator. As the name suggests, this type of generator provides enough power to keep your whole home running.

Portable generators, as the name suggests, are built into a frame, which usually includes wheels, so that it can be moved around. This type of generator is not wired into your home, and you will need power cords and power bars to use your appliances, which makes it less convenient. On the plus side, however, these types of generators can accompany you on camping and fishing trips, so they are multifunctional.

How to Get a Generator

If you are considering buying a generator for your home, then the best way to get all the information you need is to talk to a residential electrical contractor. If you opt for a wired-in backup generator, they can advise you what size and type you need to meet your emergency power needs, and they can probably get you a better deal on a higher quality unit than you would get in a hardware store.

A backup generator is never a bad investment, and in places like Florida where there are frequent big storms, it is one you will probably find good use for sooner rather than later.