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Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:34:08-04

Remember when you were nervous about a potential power outage during a period of extreme weather? It’s probably a good time to throw back your head and cackle at nature’s attempts to rain on your parade. What would truly happen if you lost electricity for an extended period of time? Think about it. Your lighting, central heating and cooling, appliances, electronics and general sense of security would be eliminated. Your refrigerated food would spoil and your comfort greatly compromised. If you need electricity to power medical or work primarily from home, you would have to scramble to find a power source.

MAJOR BENEFITS OF A GENERATOR
 Starts quickly and automatically
 Can power the entire home
 Provides peace of mind, comfort and safety
 Prevents electrical damage
 Can potentially reduce insurance rates and deter theft

SOME OTHER GOOD REASONS TO HAVE A GENERATOR
 Quick, efficient and automatic distribution of power
 Peace of mind that family and home are safe during emergencies
 Uninterrupted use of heating and cooling systems, electronics and appliances
 Comfort and safety during storms and blackouts
 Protection from hazardous voltage fluctuations and surges when power returns
 Recreational use such as camping or tail-gating

PORTABLE GENERATORS
Portable generators are the most common household option as they are gas-powered, cost less than whole-house generators and are normally used to provide some additional power for tail-gating, parties, garages, sheds and emergency backup for critical appliances. Many portable generators can hook into your home’s electrical systems so you don’t have to run extension cords everywhere.

WHOLE-HOUSE GENERATORS
Once a whole-house backup generator for your home or business has been installed, you’ll never have to worry about your home, business or safety being compromised by a blackout. Having one of these systems installed is definitely an investment, but homes or business affected by frequent power outages involving essential operations are the most common users. Most businesses are impacted by even the slightest power outage.

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