Residential, Cook Electric
Written by Stu Kushner

7 Best Reasons for Installing a Standby Generator for Winter – Part 1

Severe winter storms regularly take down power lines and cut electricity from utilities. When electrically related problems happen during colder months, they can have a much greater impact on your family. When temperatures are below freezing, losing power can not only be inconvenient, it can mean danger.

No heating or lighting, damaged plumbing, flooding, spoiled food, and losing home security can all result from losing utility power. When electricity is cut in low temperatures, a house will soon be uncomfortable and unhealthy without heating. Installing a standby generator can prevent all of the above.

If the home is unoccupied and power from the utility is cut, a standby generator can still provide electricity almost immediately. Your unit will be installed with permanent wiring that runs through an automatic transfer switch (ATS). It will automatically activate within seconds after detecting the utility power has been lost.  

Unlike owning a smaller portable generator that provides much less power, a homeowner with a standby generator won’t have to worry about storing fuel, going outside into rough weather to refuel, or inhaling poisonous exhaust fumes. A standby generator can be connected to the existing natural gas line of the home or be fueled by a propane tank.

In every winter weather condition, a standby generator will be able to power the most important appliances. This includes the furnace, HVAC unit, and refrigerator. A standby generator will help keep you and your family warm and safe for extended periods. As tested, a Generac generator fueled by a 500-gallon tank of propane is capable of running 24 hours a day for an entire week.

Part 2 will discuss the 7 Best Reasons for installing a standby generator for winter.

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