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September 3, 2019
Imagine for a moment that you’re getting ready for work and the power in your area goes out. Suddenly, the house is dark, and you have no way of using your hair dryer. The situation doesn’t seem so bad until you realize that the food in your fridge is slowly coming to room temperature, and there’s no way to make that morning cup of coffee. What’s worse is that your home is getting colder, because your air conditioning and heating systems can no longer run without electricity.
Unfortunately, this scenario became all-too-real for hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence made landfall earlier this month. Installing a whole home generator can keep your house running even when other homes in the area have no power; but is it worth the trouble and investment?
Whole House Generators: What You Need to Know
Maybe you think of a whole home generator as that thing that the neighbor down the street has. Or, perhaps you’ve always believed that generators are only for people who “over-prepare” for emergencies. But the truth is that any family can benefit from having a generator installed on their home.
A whole house generator is installed next to your home like an air conditioning unit and wired into the home’s power system. It runs on propane or natural gas and automatically provides backup power when the power grid goes out. You might choose to power only certain parts of your home with a generator, or you can use it to keep your entire home running during an outage.
The Benefits of Installing a Generator
As you can imagine, a generator gives you and your family tremendous peace of mind during an emergency — be it a storm, hurricane, or accidental damage to nearby power lines. With a generator keeping your house running during an outage, you’ll still have access to:
Refrigerated and frozen food
Heating & cooling systems
Internet, TV & electronics (Assuming your internet provider has not lost power)
Water (some houses rely on electric pumps)
Hot water (many gas water heaters have electrical components)
Electronic medical devices
We Can Help You Find the Right Home Generator
If you’re considering installing a whole-home generator, Russell’s Heating Coolin Plumbing & Electric is here to help. Remember, we provide all manner electrical services to homeowners in Virginia and North Carolina, including whole-home generator installation. We can assess your electrical needs, talk to you about your goals with your new generator, and match you with the Generac or Honeywell generator that is best suited for your home.