When Tropical Storm Isaias hit the Hudson Valley last month, many people lost power. We think it is pretty safe to assume that those who did not already have a generator wished they did! There are a number of advantages to owning an Automatic Standby Generator, read on to find out more.
- Ready for emergencies – The most recent tropical storm to hit the Hudson Valley left more than 300,000 homes without power, some for more than a week! When you have an automatic standby generator, you are well prepared for emergencies. They will kick on within seconds of a power outage and depending on their size provides power to your entire home or a few key spaces.
- Prevents damage – If you have a sump pump in your basement to prevent water damage, when the power goes out, your home becomes at risk. Unless of course you have a generator! A standby generator or whole house generator that comes on automatically when the power goes out can prevent all sorts of damage to your home including keeping your food from spoiling in your refrigerator.
- Increases value of your home – Potential buyers see an automatic standby generator as a big perk. Additionally, some insurance providers give discounts when a home has an automatic whole-house generator installed so you can save money too!
Two Additional Thoughts From Your WK Mechanical Family
First, when it comes to installing a generator, we would strongly advise that you seek the help of a professional. There are many factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right size and type of generator for your particular needs. Deciding whether you need a whole house generator that keeps your entire home running during a power outage or opting to supply power to the more essential circuits such as your furnace, kitchen, garage door openers, well pump, water heater and a few key lights can be complicated. You also need to factor in the size of your home’s electrical system. We can help! If you are considering adding a generator, please let us know.
Second, once you’ve made the decision to install a generator, you need to plan for regular maintenance. Think of a generator as a car. When a car has run for a long period of time in order to keep your car ready when you need it, you need to have its oil changed. The same is true of a generator! If your power has been out for a few days and the generator is running continuously, it will need an oil and filter change.
If you have any questions about automatic Standby Generators, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are proud specialists for Kohler Standby Generators and would love to help your home become more prepared for emergencies!