It is an unfortunate reality of life that nature will sometimes rear its ugly head and cause a weather disaster. If you are a homeowner, these inconvenient(and sometimes dangerous) events cause an added layer of problems for your home. Not only might you have to deal with the physical safety hazards, but you also will find yourself worrying about a variety of factors regarding your home. Self-reliance and preparedness are important skills to have, but one of the key things you can procure for your home is a backup generator.
What Is It?
A backup generator, sometimes called a standby generator, is a permanently installed generator. It is larger and more expensive than portable generators, and often has to be connected to a propane or natural gas line. However, unlike smaller portable generators, a backup generator will be able to provide power for the entire home in the event of an outage.
Why Do You Need One?
There are numerous reasons to install a backup generator, and some may surprise you!
Peace of Mind
When a disaster strikes, you’ll likely have numerous things on your mind. Having a backup generator installed will alleviate stress if power going out. When a blackout occurs, it complicates even simple things. Especially if you have children, or relatives with chronic health issues, having that backup generator kick on when the power goes out will have you sighing with relief. Your family will be safe, even as the rest of your neighborhood struggles.
You may not have thought about it, but having a backup generator installed on your home reduces your homeowner’s insurance prices(at least with most companies). Your insurance company wants your home to be a low-risk investment. A backup generator decreases numerous risks, both for your home as a whole and for individual appliances. Lower risks equal lower costs.
Uninterrupted Appliance Service
As referenced above, a backup generator will keep your whole house running when a blackout occurs. This means your key appliances will continue to operate without interruption. Sudden removal of power can cause serious issues with appliances. The backup generator will prevent this from happening.
On the flip side, when grid power is restored, your home and appliances will be protected from the power surges which often accompany electricity being restored.
Increase Home Value
Not only does having a generator decrease insurance rates, but having it installed can greatly increase your home’s value. After all, potential homebuyers will now reap all of the same benefits you are. Just like a paint job and new windows, having a generator installed greatly increases market value.
Criminals are generally opportunistic. If you paid attention to Hurricane Katrina, or any massive disaster, you know that looting and crime follow. In the event of a widespread power outage, your home may be at risk for burglary. If you have a proper backup generator installed, your power will stay on. Even if you are not home, your house will still have lights and appliances on, giving the appearance of occupation.