Electricity was once viewed as a luxury, but as our planet rapidly develops, this is no longer the case. More than 87% of the world now has access to electricity, a figure that has been quickly increasing over the last few decades. As you can see, electricity is very much a necessity now versus a commodity. Our access to electricity is more unpredictable and unstable than many would like to believe. That is why it is recommended that Twin Falls and Jerome, ID homeowners take matters into their own hands and invest in a whole house generator.
Power surges are another occurrence more common than we think. Call MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air today for surge protector installation services.
Why You Need a Whole House Generator
Idaho is a windy state! It’s not uncommon for masts to blow over and power lines to go down due to the wind. Windy weather combined with cold winters means a power outage can be dangerous. Without power, pipes can freeze and homes are left without access to water.
Keep your home safe and comfortable by installing a whole house generator. At MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air, we recommend and install Generac generators for Twin Falls and Jerome, ID homeowners.
Additional benefits of installing a generator in your home include:
- Protection from Blackouts: Weather conditions are unpredictable, as are blackouts. When blackouts occur, it can take days, even weeks before power is restored. This leaves entire cities in the dark and without access to the electricity we depend on to safely and comfortably be at home. With a backup generator, you can still operate in the middle of a blackout.
- Safety: Not only do we rely on electricity for small things such as charging our phones or watching TV, but some homes’ security systems such as door locks and garage doors are completely dependent on electricity. With a whole house generator, you don’t have to lose sleep stressing about the security of your home.
- Cost-Effective: You may be wondering if the cost of a whole house generator is worth it but we can assure you that worry will be put to rest in the case of a power outage. A backup generator can keep your refrigerator and HVAC system running, which will save you money on buying food as well as any repairs that may be required from a range of other problems occurring due to not having electricity.
- Efficiency: The great thing about standby generators is they can work efficiently for hours. These units are integrated into your home’s electrical system and you can even set them to turn on essential appliances in your home in the case of a power outage.
Signs Your Generator Needs Repairs
Just like with any unit or device in your home, after years of usage, you may need repairs to your emergency generator. Some of the signs that your whole house generator isn’t functioning properly include:
- Low power flow
- Failure to start
- Frequent starting and stopping
- Increased fuel costs
- Inconsistent performance
- Emitting carbon monoxide
If any of these occurrences sound familiar, your whole house generator needs professional attention.
Choosing the Right Unit
There is more than one type of whole house generator on the market today and choosing the right one comes down to factors based on your household. Three things you need to pay attention to when choosing a generator are size, fuel type, and cost.
- Size: When you’re choosing the perfect generator for your household’s needs, it’s important to consider the requirements of your home’s appliances and HVAC system. If you’re looking for a small generator that can provide you with enough electricity for small tasks such as charging devices, a 22kW is a great option. If you need something with a little more power, 27-36kW generators can replace up to 75 percent of amps of electricity usage in your home. However, if you want a unit that backs up your entire home as if the power never left in the first place, you may want a 48kW generator.
- Fuel Type: When selecting a generator, it’s also important to consider the type of fuel you’ll have the most access to. Generators can be powered by propane, natural gas, diesel, gasoline, or solar energy. Determine which fuel source your area would most likely have access to in the case of an outage or blackout.
- Cost: The next factor you’ll have to consider is cost and how much you’re willing to invest in an unpredictable scenario, such as a major nationwide blackout. It really depends on how much power you predict needing in the case of an outage.
The safety of your home depends on your electrical system working as it should. Consider scheduling a whole-house safety inspection to make sure yours is up to code!
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MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air is here to provide the ultimate stress relief when it comes to the unthinkable. From severe storms to citywide blackouts, our access to electricity is under threat every day. Installing a whole house generator is the best way to protect your home and ensure you and your loved ones have access to electricity if a power outage were to occur.