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What Reasons to Install a Generator in the Home

Jan 10, 2021 | Blog

Just because the climate is getting warmer, doesn’t mean that emergency precautions are no longer needed. As the year goes by, tropical storms and hurricanes with the potential to disrupt electricity become more prevalent. One of the best pieces of equipment to help with weather and emergency preparedness is a home generator. Wise homeowners are investing in a generator now. With the backup power supplied by a generator, they will be ready to face life when the weather changes to high winds and lightning strikes. Although utility crews work every day to restore electricity, it is imperative to have contingency power plans at home. Here are the reasons to invest in an emergency generator:

The Pandemic Has Normalized Working at Home 

Since the WHO declared Coronavirus a global pandemic in March 2020, more and more people have found new ways to work at home. There has been a proliferation of home businesses, and many employees have embraced the abrupt shift to remote work. This means a lot of homes have been transformed into workplaces. And a workplace cannot do without electrical power. An emergency generator installation is something homeowners cannot regret investing in during this pandemic. Even the slightest power outage could translate to a work shutdown and possible revenue loss for a home business. People need to have portable generators to keep their internet, printers, personal computers, and Wi-Fi running in a blackout event.  

Even though life moves on without electric energy, prolonged outage makes things more challenging. Nobody wants to sit in a dark, cold house without air conditioning. A power-producing machine keeps work-at-home folks comfortable, calm, and happy. It is one way to remain proactive and ready for uncertainties.  Moreover, people working at home need to keep essential appliances running, e.g. refrigerators, medical equipment, and lighting systems. That way, the households will not endure stressful scenarios like food spoilage and smartphones shutting down.   

The Weather Goes Out of Control

The majority of power outages are caused by fierce weather. The probability of blackouts going for more than 24 hours increases as the severity of stormy events rises. Meanwhile, homes require robust protection from flood damage arising from thunderstorms.  A sump pump is typically installed on the floor of a basement or crawlspace in a box. Since the pump is at the lowest point, water tends to gravitate there. As soon as the sump pump detects water, it starts pumping to the hose and away from home. 

Getting excess water out of a basement is not an easy feat. A sump pump comes in handy where the basement is prone to flooding. The tragedy is when the electricity goes off in the middle of a heavy downpour. A portable generator ensures that the sump pump is in operation throughout a heavy rain period. Having a personal electrical power source keeps the floods out of the basement, minimizing the risk of mold and property damage. As long as there is fuel, households will benefit from portable power-generating equipment. They can be installed anywhere to power up the sump pump. 

Finding the right generator for this purpose should not be hard. The first thing to determine is the wattage demand of the pump. An experienced professional knows the perfect machine to support any horsepower of a sump pump. The higher the demand, the bigger the generator should be. Relatively large generators can run sump pumps and still give some wiggle room wattage. The power-producing machine must not operate at maximum power all the time. It may lead to premature damage. A competent technician knows how to set the machine, i.e. at least 15 feet away from doors and windows. The distance helps to keep off fumes that may harm people and pets. Alternatively, a professional can reroute the generator exhaust to an external area away from home.   

Households Need Constant Water Supply 

Municipal water systems are designed to supply water, whether there’s electricity or not. However, most rural homes use borehole water which depends on electric pumps to keep running. Homeowners relying on well water need generators to prevent water from being cut off due to power outages. When plugged into portable generators, submersible well pumps can maintain their ability to supply fresh and safe water. Many well-water systems consist of multiple pumps, e.g. booster pumps that siphon water from a storage facility to households and farms. Then there is the good pump that drives water from the borehole to a storage tank.  Some people prefer generators for booster pumps only. But it is good to know the right size that can run both the booster and well pumps concurrently where the water demand is too high. 

Those planning to irrigate their farms during prolonged electric breakdowns need generators with a bigger fuel capacity to last through the cycle. Apart from the good pump’s power demands, it is good to consider other electrical loads like heating and cooling when calculating the generator size. A qualified technician can suggest a Whole-Home Generator to ensure that these demands are met.  The type of power that the borehole pump needs is key. Most residential pumping needs single-phase 230 volts. But some smaller well pumps can have single-phase 120 volts. Larger installations demand up to 480 volts to run both the equipment and household systems simultaneously.  

Final Word

Harsh weather makes overhead power lines blow out. The circumstances are inevitable, especially in Bradenton, FL, where storms are highly predictable in frequency and duration. As a homeowner, you should know what to do even before the storm arrives. Do not wait for your home electric circuits to go on a blackout. Install a standby generator to enjoy peace of mind within seconds of a power outage. 

Air & Energy is a reputable company committed to helping clients meet their needs with the best standby generators, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical solutions. Since 1983, we have been serving Manatee County, including Bradenton, FL, with premier services. Reach out to us today for impeccable customer service. 

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