A backup generator is a serious investment, but not one that is out of reach for the average homeowner. The real question is, is it worth your hard-earned money or not? There are a few reasons to purchase one. Consider whether or not you fit into one of these categories if you are thinking about purchasing a generator.
The Power In Your Area Isn't Reliable
More and more of daily life requires electricity, so when the power goes out, many items in your home will stop working. In most places, the power grid is relatively stable and outages are rare. Small surge protectors and battery backups are sufficient for the occasional issue. However, if you live in a remote location, the grid may be far less reliable, and you may be on your own if you want to be able to make use of your electronics when conditions are less than ideal.
The other option is to reduce your reliance on electronic devices. For many, life without many modern "conveniences" is actually the perfect choice. However, basics such as refrigeration and heat are often a little more than a convenience. If you enjoy having all the bells and whistles, then you will need a whole-home model. However, if you are just looking for something to keep the basics running, a generator might still be a good idea, just a smaller model.
You Can't Be Without Power For Safety Reasons
No matter how good the local power grid is, there are things that will happen to put it out of commission. Bad weather, maintenance, and traffic accidents can all cause your home to go without power for anything from minutes to days. You've probably seen stories on the news about areas being without power for a week or more after a major event.
Obviously, people have survived for centuries without electricity, but that does not mean that you can, as an individual, or that it is a safe way to live, even if you can survive. Many medical conditions require constant monitoring or maintenance, and much of this requires electricity. If you have one of these conditions, a backup generator may be a wise investment, even if it is just a small one to power your equipment.
The Cost Of Being Without Power Will Be More Than The Cost Of The Generator
More and more people are working out of their homes. If you have a salaried employer, they will likely be understanding if you can't work because you don't have power. However, if you are self-employed or an hourly worker, that downtime will mean that you aren't getting paid. While purchasing and maintaining a generator can be expensive, so is not being able to work for several days.
Deciding whether or not to purchase a generator for financial reasons is somewhat easier than other choices as it is primarily a financial one. If you've lived in the area for a few years, you know approximately how often the power goes out. Balance the cost of not operating for those hours with the cost of maintaining a generator and you have your answer. Also, consider if you will lose any business if your customers lose confidence in your ability to provide service reliably and you should have no trouble coming to the right conclusion.
If you do decide to get a backup generator, make sure you work with a professional to ensure you buy the correct size and have it installed properly. This is one project where a licensed electrician must be involved for at least part of the project. Contact a company like RDS Electric to find an electrician to help you set up the generator. If you decide a generator isn't for you, you can still work with battery backup systems to protect vital home functions in the case of a small outage.Share