generator, electrical, russell's, va, nc
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

  • Kitchen appliances

  • Heating & cooling systems

  • Laundry machines

  • 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.

Make sure you’re prepared the next time there’s a power outage in your area. Call (VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431 or contact us to learn more about whole-home generators.

Have peace of mind the next time there’s an outage.

Ask us about home generator installation.

(VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431

Schedule Service


Maintenance Plans

Russell's HVAC, HVAC service technician, VA

Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly.

What Our Customers Are Saying

  • I can't complement your team enough on the wonderful job done with regard to the installation of the new system in our home. More specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of: Roberto-- the initial visit and diagnosis of the problem.

    Dan & Connie, Virginia Beach
  • I recently had your team install a new gas package unit including all new duct work at my house in Chesapeake. I had a split system that had undersized ducting which was removed by your installers.

    Mike & Sandi, Chesapeake, VA
  • We purchased a one time service for $79. They came out on time, checked out the geothermal system...they were very professional and kind.

    Nicholas H., Chesapeake, VA
  • We would like to thank your company for an excellent job. We are very pleased with the new (Mitsubishi ductless mini split) system that was installed last week. It works wonderfully at heating our home.

    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
  • Not one single idea for improvement. Keep doing what you do. OUTSTANDING!

    Charles J., Norfolk, VA
  • Great job!...World class employees!

    Colleen & Jim C., Suffolk, VA
  • Everything went great! This is the second big project we've had done through Russell's and we couldn't be more happy! We had the most dedicated, polite, and respectful crew! The team consisted of Elliot, Chase and Sean. Sean was here for the removal process on day one, and did awesome!

    J. Luhan, VA Beach
  • Hi Nate, please pass along our appreciation for you, Elliot and Steve. We are very happy with you being able to arrange our ( Lennox ) replacement system so quickly!

    T. Johnson, VA Beach
  • Thank you for running a top notch company and sending over to us two excellent folks Terry and Shawn. They did an awesome job putting in our new furnace system. Also thank you for Donald and Nate who did a superb job as well. Please reward these guys with some sort of commendations or rewards....

  • ...folks need to know how wonderful working with Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning is. They were very professional all the way thru the process of getting our unit installed down to the payment plan. I have been telling our neighbors and my co-workers about the experience.

    Pamela F., Chesapeake, VA
  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

    Douglas P., VA Beach
  • I am extremely satisfied with both the Lennox unit I purchased and the employees of Russell's. Even with poor window and door quality in this overly tired house, I am actually cooled off sufficiently enough to call it chilly.

    Robin W., Chesapeake, VA
  • Over the years I have gained the utmost trust in my service technician Corey Lesko's knowledge and work ethic while servicing my system.

  • I am writing this letter to commend your company on a great job! We were very pleased with how the company performed in every area...the installers did an impeccable job. They were very knowledgeable, efficient, and hard workers—staying focused to the task in the extreme heat.

    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

    R. Snider, Norfolk, VA
  • You recently installed a new Trane unit for us. We want you to know we are completely satisfied. The outside unit is now a hum versus the roar of the old one...we also want to recognize the installer...we cannot overstate what we think of his workmanship.

    K. Hawkins, Portsmouth, VA
  • Great and prompt service – as usual. Everything from ordering the a/c unit to installation went smoothly. Thanks for everything.

    B. Fenstermaker, VA Beach
  • Everyone was very nice. I felt well informed about my purchase. Your staff is great! I don't usually return opinion forms, but you need to know you have a staff you can be proud of!

    V. Horn, Chesapeake, VA
  • You have a new customer for life and I will definitely tell all my friends about your prompt, courteous service, your knowledgeable technicians, and your very reasonable prices. Thank you very much Russell's. You warmed much more than just my heart!

    G. Knoop, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your company was very responsive to my needs. The quality of your work was extremely high.

    Ms. Bright, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your workers actually made this total replacement project an enjoyable learning experience...they were always willing to stop and answer any questions. Their pleasant and cooperative attitudes cannot be praised enough!

    J. Wellons, Portsmouth, VA
  • Very pleased with both the price and service. The installation went off without a hitch and everything exceeded our expectations. When finished, the work areas, including the attic, were so clean you couldn't tell anything had been done.

    T. Marsh, VA Beach
  • Great expertise and timely service.

    H. Turbeville, Chesapeake, VA