Just this fall, Hurricane Matthew stormed through the Caribbean and smashed into the eastern seaboard. Although Southwest Florida was lucky enough to almost entirely avoid the storm, cities like St. Augustine lost beaches, roads, and electricity during the storm’s surge.
Do you ever wonder what would have happened if the storm didn’t take the winds to the east coast? If Southwest Florida lost power, would your home have lost power too? Standby generators are a great way to efficiently and effortlessly power your home during the next major storm.
What are standby generators?
Standby generators are a permanent solution to your electricity needs. They are installed next to your home by an electrician, and somewhat resemble an air conditioning unit. Standby generators are hardwired into your electrical system, and they are fueled by a supply of natural gas, propane, or diesel. When you lose power, standby generators kick on to immediately restore power to lights, major appliances, and even your air conditioning unit.
How much can they power?
Standby generators pack a punch! They are rated to provide anywhere from 10,000 - 20,000 watts of electricity. This is an incredible amount when you compare it to the capabilities of gasoline powered generators. Some gas powered generators can only supply 3,000 watts of electricity, and even the best can only supply 8,000 watts. With the extra wattage of a standby generator, you don’t have to sacrifice your daily needs in even the worst of storms.
Cut the cord!
Although a gas powered generator can power normal appliances like refrigerators, televisions, and microwaves, running power to those appliances is another matter entirely. You’ll need to run extension cords from the generator to a power strip, then pull that heavy refrigerator away from the wall, remove the cord from the outlet, and then plug it back into your power strip. Phew! We’re tired just thinking of it!
When you choose a standby generator, you’ll never have to worry about the fire hazard of an extension cord or moving those heavy appliances. Your standby generator is hardwired into your home electrical system. When the power goes out, you generator automatically begins delivering power to your most important lights, appliances, and air conditioning unit.
Keep the cool!
Imagine a day in southwest Florida without electricity... We can’t! Even the best gasoline powered generators cannot keep you cool because they cannot power your air conditioning. With a standby generator, your air conditioning doesn’t skip a beat. After the next storm, you won’t have to huddle around a fan, desperately trying to blow away the humidity. Instead, you’ll be relaxing in the cool air.
At most, homeowners will use a generator once or twice every year. Although some believe this is a good reason to choose a cheaper gasoline powered generator, you may be making a costly mistake. All generators require routine maintenance gas and standby. Gasoline Generators also require a constant supply of fresh gasoline, and an oil change every 50 hours of running-time.
If you choose a standby generator, the maintenance is usually less. It’s something an electrician can do for you every 6 months. With a standby generator, you’ll always have a reliable machine (some can even run self-diagnostic tests) that provides a sufficient power supply. Once you install one, you won’t spend those last hours before a storm desperately trying see if your machine still works. Instead, you’ll be making sure your family is ready for the storm.
Is a standby generator right for your home?
Although we can hope a tropical storm or hurricane will never hit Florida again, the odds tell a different story. Next time a storm strikes, make sure your family is cool and safe. Contact our team today to learn more about standby generators. We can help you find and install the right system for your needs. Watt are you waiting for?