Hurricanes are a fact of life if you live in Florida. With hurricanes come the increased likelihood of power outages that could last for hours or even days. A home generator is the perfect answer for power outages, but are they worth the cost?
With home generators becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., getting one installed for your home may very well pay-off in the long run. Let’s have a look at the value of home generators and if they’re worth the cost.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a home generator is when the power goes out. When Hurricane Irma struck on September 10, 2017, it caused power outages for some 6.7 million customers which equated to 64% of all electricity paying customers in the state of Florida. That’s almost a whopping two-thirds of the state! Some electricity customers had to wait up to two weeks before being reconnected to the grid. If you’re reliant on electricity for any given reason, you can’t afford to take this kind of chance when a hurricane hits. With the hurricane season lasting up to six months, you could be at risk of sporadic power outages throughout a couple of months.
By purchasing a reputable home generator, you will be assured of a weather-resistant operation that won’t be deterred by bad weather including hurricane-force winds. But make sure you find a weather-resistant home generator brand that can back up their claims. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric we install the Generac® range of generators which are kitted out with a Rhinocoat™ powder-coated finish which adds strength to the corrosion-resistant aluminum casing.
Home generators offer you protection and convenience when you need it the most. In the event of a power outage, you are immediately limited with what you can do. All of our home appliances, HVAC, as well as our lights and water heaters will lose power in the event of an outage. When a storm hits, the after-effects can last for days. In some cases, it may even take up to a week or two to get power restored to your home. This is where a home generator offers a practical solution. As soon as your home generator goes on, you will have power restored to your home. Depending on your generator’s coverage option, you may be able to power up your refrigerator, the stove and even the water heater. Some of your power outlets will also be powered up which means that you can charge mobile phones and power up computers.
When you consider all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why getting a home generator is a no brainer.
Just because you may not be able to afford a high-capacity full home generator doesn’t mean that you’re out of the running completely. There are many different sizes available and a generator can cost a lot less than you may think. The Generac® PowerPact 7.5KW home generator is an affordable option that can still power up essentials. Remember that you may not need to power up your entire home. When it comes to buying a generator, keep in mind that the main cost of a generator is up-front. Once purchased and installed, the ongoing maintenance costs aren’t heavy, and you only pay for fuel when the machine is running.
Given that our Florida climate is a volatile one, a home generator is easily worth the cost when you’ve considered the above benefits. With so many options available too, there is bound to be an option to suit your budget and needs. Don’t leave it until it’s too late. Getting a home generator installed is a preventative measure to ensure that life doesn’t have to go on hold. At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, our competent team will be able to recommend and install the perfect generator to fit your needs.