The average American home experiences more than 1 power outage each year, lasting an average of 4 hours.
Of course, this is just the average. Homes located in areas that see extreme weather, like snowstorms, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or high-wind may experience far more outages than the average household.
Not all power outages are related to severe weather. Car accidents, trees falling on power lines, blown transformers, and more can also knock out power.
Most of us don’t think about all of the things in our homes that rely on electricity until we no longer have access to them. From your fridge to your cell phone charger to your sump pump, losing power means losing many of the modern conveniences that we rely on to stay safe and comfortable at home.
Luckily, home generators can help with that.
No matter what knocks out your power, a generator can get you back on the grid. You can keep eating, running your heat and air, charging your phone and more, no matter what weather comes your way.
If you haven’t invested in a home generator yet, now is a great time. Keep reading to learn a few reasons why you should buy a generator. Then check out the great deals we’re running now to make a generator more affordable for homeowners during these difficult times.
Spring Storms Bring Rising Flood Waters
More than 98 percent of homes with basements in the U.S. will sustain water damage at some point during their lifespan. While burst pipes are sometimes to blame for this damage, most often, it’s flooding or a high water table that leads to moisture or standing water getting inside the lowest level of your home.
Homes in areas prone to flooding or those built with a basement that sits below the water table typically turn to a sump pump to keep water out.
Sump pumps rely on electricity. And when a pump is operating correctly, it will keep water out of your home to keep it from causing an electrical outage.
However, if wind, rain, or other storm damage knocks out power to your home, your sump pump will stop working, and there will be nothing to stop the water from coming in.
Besides being costly to clean up, water in your basement can lead to lots of damage to your belongings, furniture, flooring, and more.
But with a generator, you can keep your sump pump operating through storms and floods, protecting your home and allowing you to stay indoors and dry through poor weather.
Feed Your Family and Save Money
From hurricanes to high winds to hail to the high wind to flooding to blizzards, every home in the U.S. is at risk of some form of extreme weather. In many cases, severe storms lead to power outages that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Losing power can leave your family without heat or air conditioning, and without electricity for charging phones or powering your other electronics. But one important appliance you’ll lose is your fridge.
Not having electricity to power your refrigerator is a two-fold problem.
If you keep the doors closed, the food in your powerless fridge will be safe to consume for just 4 hours after the power goes out. Items in your freezer will last a bit longer.
Freezers that are full of frozen items will act as coolers, keeping your items cold and safe for around 48 hours. A half-full freezer has fewer icy items inside to cool the space, so your food will be safe for just 24 hours, as long as you keep the doors to your freezer closed.
Depending on how full your fridge and freezer were, and the kinds of groceries you buy, you could be tossing out hundreds of dollars worth of food after the power outage.
If the power is out for days or weeks, you’ll also be losing the comfort of that food. From a glass of milk for your kids to your favorite ice cream on a hot day, when the storm has passed, having these foods on hand can be a great comfort.
Without your frozen and refrigerated foods, you’ll be left with only what’s in your pantry to feed your family until the power comes back on or you can restock, which can be a challenge following a severe storm or widespread natural disaster.
A generator allows you to power your home’s most important appliances and electronics. Perhaps top on that list for most families is their fridge.
Keep Your Car on the Road
In 2018, the U.S. celebrated a big milestone; over a million electric vehicles were now on the country’s roadways.
Owning an electric car is a great way to save on gas and reduce your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, during a power outage, if you don’t have a gas-powered backup vehicle, you might also wind up stranded.
It isn’t just storms that knock out power. A car crash or downed tree on a power line can knock out power to your entire block. When you go to leave for your morning commute, you might find yourself without enough of a charge to get there.
Backup generators installed in your home ensure that you always have the power you need to make the most of your electric vehicle.
Your Home Relies on Well Water
For most homes, losing electricity doesn’t mean losing your source of water. While your hot water heater might rely on electricity, you can still get fresh water from your sink and rinse off as needed until the power comes back on.
The same cannot be said for homes that rely on well water. Homes that are connected to wells rely on electric pumps to get water to their home. If you use city water, the pressurized pipes deliver your water and do not rely on electricity.
If your home uses a well and you lose your home power sources, you’ll also lose your ability to draw water from your well. This can leave you and your family without a freshwater source until power is restored, which can be quite some time.
You Live in an Area That’s Prone to Wildfires
If you live in a region that’s prone to wildfires, odds are that you’ve experienced a planned blackout at least once or twice in the past.
When high winds and dry conditions collide, power companies may choose to turn off the power. This is a precaution in case power lines are knocked down and spark a fire that could spread rapidly thanks to the dry conditions.
This means that you could be spending hours without power, even though there hasn’t been a severe storm or fire. For many areas, including parts of California, these blackouts have become a frequent occurrence when temperatures soar during the summer months.
Life may continue as usual, with your kids going to school and you going to work. But you’ll have to do so without your refrigerator, your electric car, your curling iron, or your phone charger.
If you’ve got a home generator budget ready to go, you can equip your home with vital backup power during these blackouts. While your city works to keep your home safe from a wildfire, you can keep things running smoothly, without losing the contents of your fridge or having to go without your cellphone.
Installing Home Generators
Home generators are more than just a luxury convenience. Through floods, blackouts, high winds, or severe storms, a generator can provide backup power for your home.
You’ll save the contents of your fridge and be able to feed your family. Keep your air conditioning on during extreme heat or heat on when temperatures drop below freezing.
A generator also allows you to charge your phone, power your sump pump, access freshwater, and otherwise keep yourself and your family safe when things outside get scary.
If your home isn’t equipped with a generator, there’s never been a better time to invest in one. Right now, you can get a free 7-year extended parts and labor warranty when you purchase and have a Generac Guardian Series Generator installed in your home. That’s a $695 value, completely free when you make the decision to protect your home and family with one of the high-quality, reliable Generac Series generators.
If you’re ready to protect your home with a generator, contact us today to learn more.