As mentioned in Part 1, you may not have essentials like lighting, refrigeration, heated water, and home cooling or heating for several days if power is lost after a major storm. Fortunately, a permanent home standby generator helps prevent this from happening. The following will cover the reasons why investing in a standby generator is worthwhile.
A standby home generator will cost upwards of several thousand dollars, and a licensed electrician will be needed for its installation. However, in addition to the peace of mind that comes with having reliable electrical power, a generator will raise the resale value of your home.
Power Restored Rapidly
Residents of a home equipped with a permanent standby generator may not even realize that electrical power from their local power company was lost. Typically connected to a natural gas line or propane tank, the generator works with the house’s transfer switch, activating automatically within seconds after it detects the utility’s electricity was cut. Power will be maintained whether or not you are home.
Easy Fuel Supply
Homes with a permanent standby generator do not need to worry about hazardous storage of gas or diesel and keeping it fresh. Most units will connect directly to a home’s natural gas line, eliminating the dangers of storing volatile fuels and the associated maintenance.
Reliability & Security
Automatically programmed to activate and perform self-testing every 30 days, a permanent standby generator will confirm that it is functioning properly and provide alerts if needed. Installed on a concrete foundation and connected to a home’s electrical system, permanent generators are much less vulnerable to theft than portable generators.
Dependable & Safer Heating
A licensed electrician can prioritize the furnace of your home as one of the appliances that will be powered by the standby generator during a power outage. This will ensure heating during the colder months. Using a portable generator to carry out this task for a gas furnace can be hazardous due to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Electrical Peace of Mind
Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.