You need power for lights, heat and essential appliances to keep everyone comfortable and safe. So much of our daily lives depend on a power source. It’s something we tend to take for granted, and it could be taken away from us without warning.
Your home could lose power from a number of disturbances—lightning strikes, ice, power surges, wind, flooding or anything that could down a power line. If your home does suddenly lose power, you may have to wait some time before it returns, unless you’re prepared with a generator.
Be Prepared For Anything
A standby generator is an appliance that you don’t know you need until it is too late and your home is without power. Generators constantly monitor the electricity flow into your home when the power goes out, and a standby generator will get it back on in seconds! Some units even include smart monitoring, so you can manage them from your mobile devices.
With a standby generator you can keep the power flowing to your whole home, or just the essential appliances like your refrigerator, freezer, medical equipment, heat or air conditioning. A generator also comes in handy if you have sump pumps or well water-cleaning equipment.
Your Wattage May Vary
You store standby generators outside the home just like an air conditioning unit, so they can fit many different types of homes, both large and small. These units typically operate on natural gas or liquid propane gas. Costs can vary depending on the type of fuel, as well as the size and wattage of the unit. A professional can consult you on the right unit for your home.
Protecting Your Second Home
Standby generators are a great investment for weekend homes. If you own a second home, particularly in areas where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, it can protect your property when you’re not around. If you’re not around when the power goes out and you don’t have a generator that kicks in quickly, pipes can freeze and burst, leading to expensive damage and a nasty surprise next time you visit your vacation home.
“A lot of weekenders buy standby generators,” said dealer Chris Sauer, owner of G&G Lawn and Power in Stone Ridge, New York, to HouseLogic. “It’s a lot more expensive to have your pipes freeze and flood your house than it is to buy a generator.” Standby generators prevent these kinds of expensive mishaps.
The experts at SMO Energy can help you choose the right Kohler standby generator, and set it up for you so it’s all ready when you need it.