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December 23, 2016

Why Should I Consider a Generator for My Home?

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No one wants to be without power, especially during weather that brings freezing temperatures or a harsh winter storm. Learn how a generator can bring you peace of mind in all kinds of weather in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Consequences of a Power Outage

Power outages can cause more problems than just the inability to charge your cell phone. The issues of convenience and safety can be remedied by investing in a backup generator.

Generators provide power in an emergency. You may be able to briefly endure winter weather by throwing on an extra sweater or a blanket. However, in the case of a winter storm, temperatures that are too low can cause pipes to freeze and can cause you and your family to get sick. No power to the HVAC system also means the unit can’t manage indoor air quality, especially if there is no power for an extended period. Few issues will likely result from a power outage that only lasts for a few hours, but in the case of prolonged outage, a backup generator can keep you comfortable, healthy and safe.

How Generators Work

Backup systems are generally powered by propane or natural gas, though more expensive generators can be powered by solar energy. The best fuel source for a generator depends largely on the location of your home. Propane can be stored at home in tanks, while a natural gas line can be run directly to the unit.

Some generators will power the entire home and appliances, while others will only deliver power to equipment. Depending on the size of the generator and the type of fuel source, a home can be provided with power for a few days or a week. At W.E. Brown, we install backup generators of various sizes.

Benefits of a Backup Generator

In an emergency, having power in your home can turn stress and anxiety into comfort and security. A generator provides automatic delivery of power immediately following a blackout. Generators also protect devices from dangerous power surges that may occur when the grid is active once again. With backup power, your HVAC system will keep running and keep your home warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing and your family from becoming ill.

Rather than dealing with the consequences of an extended power outage, consider installing a backup generator. If you have questions regarding backup generators or would like to know what type of generator would be best for your home, call W.E. Brown at (434) 295-1177.

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