In my local area, we get hit by high winds, flooding and frequent power outages.
When there’s no electricity, we lost the functionality of the sump pump, refrigerator, overhead lights, water heater, furnace and air conditioner. It’s not only inconvenient, but there’s safety issues and property damage. The power outages most often occur in the spring, right when the snow starts to melt. Without the operation of the sump pump, my basement floods and I end up with a mess, mold growth and properly loss. I finally had enough and investmed a significant amount of money into a standby generator. I asked a local HVAC contractor to provide the proper sizing and installation the the generator. The unit is located outside, immediately senses an interruption in power and automatically starts up. It makes very little noise and handles the demand of the entire house. Because it runs on natural gas, the generator never needs refueling and operates for as long as necessary. We don’t need to be on the premises to start it up. Last winter, the generator came in especially handy. During a January blizzard, my local area lost power. The outside temperature was consistently below zero with the wind chill making it even colder. There was continual snowfall, white-outs and the roads were extremely dangerous. We were without electricity for nearly a week. Many families were forced to leave their homes and pay for a stay at a hotel because of a lack of heat. My family was perfectly safe and comfortable. The generator kept the furnace running, and we still had access to all of our other household appliances. We invited our nearby family and friends to come stay with us.