Has your power ever gone out during a storm? Did you wonder how long it would be out and worry about your food staying cold or your home staying at a comfortable temperature? If so, I’m going to share with you some benefits of having a backup generator to prevent these worries and keep you at ease if your home loses power.
There are two common types of generators, portable and whole home/standby generators. Both are very beneficial if the power goes out. Here’s how:
- Provides power in an instant, regardless of where you are (camping, for instance).
- Can easily power, lights, appliances, televisions, and computers.
- Can keep your sump pump running to prevent water in your basement.
Whole Home Generator
- Can easily power major appliances, including your HVAC, sump pump, garage doors, air conditioner, water heaters, and alarm systems.
- Can provide power for as long as necessary. Unlike portable generators that need to be filled with gas every few hours, home generators connect to your home’s existing gas line.
- Turns on easily with just the flip of a switch.
These benefits may be obvious to someone who’s experienced an extended outage. There are many of us, though, who’ve never been without power for days at a time. Without the power to operate necessary appliances and equipment, bad things can happen. Your sump pump can stop running and water could collect in your basement, especially if the storm brings a significant rainfall. If humidity levels are high and your air conditioner isn’t running, mold can start to form. And of course, the food in your refrigerator and freezer can thaw and spoil. If an outage occurs in the cold winter months, your pipes can freeze and burst if you go without heat for too long. These are just a few examples of the destructive things that could happen to your home if there’s no power for a long period of time.
There are many different brands of generators, and they vary in price, so it’s a good idea to do some research to determine which one fits your specific needs. Being without power for hours is one thing, but being without power for days can be detrimental, leaving you with a flooded basement and spoiled food in the summer or no heat and frozen pipes in the winter. Be proactive and get ahead of the storm by purchasing a generator for your home. The best time to install one is before you need one.
And remember, once you do, let your insurance agent know because you could qualify for a discount on your homeowners insurance!
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This blog was written by Kelsey Stoffel, senior Personal Lines underwriter.