Why Get A Backup Generator?
When you live in Alabama, you need to prepare for the possibility of power outages and how they could affect your home, family, and business. There are numerous reasons you may be coping with a power outage, such as winter storms, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Speaking of, are you ready for tornado season in Alabama? (Peak tornado season is March through May!)
If a major thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane, or other extreme weather hits the Central Alabama area, you might be dealing with downed trees and power lines, meaning hundreds or even thousands of homes will be without electricity. If you live in a high-risk area for tornados or other natural disasters, it’s important to stay composed. A whole house generator can help you prepare for tornado season and stay warm in Alabama winters.
Generators provide cost savings in the long term. This is a one-time investment that continues to give back. How can generators help?
- Keep your refrigerator running and food fresh
- Prevent frozen pipes
- Avoid having to stay in a hotel
- Keep your HVAC system running
- Ensures your security system stays on
Plus, if someone in your household depends on electrical devices to deal with health problems, a day or two without power can be life-threatening. Generators for business owners can also help them minimize downtime in the event of an emergency.
You don’t need to worry about a potential power outage with a whole-house backup generator. In fact, experts at Consumer Reports say backup generators are the gold standard of backup power since they can run for weeks on a large propane tank — or indefinitely if powered by natural gas or solar energy.
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Electricity is necessary for light, heat, air conditioning, cooking, refrigerators and freezers, and other everyday essentials that make life comfortable for ourselves and our families. With working from home and homeschooling one’s children becoming increasingly popular options, having a reliable backup source of electricity is important for many households.
Hot summer days without air conditioning can pose serious threats for the elderly, the very young, or those with health concerns. No power for your fridge or freezer adds up to hundreds of dollars of wasted food going into the trash.
To avoid the unexpected, it’s good to have a plan in place and prepare ahead of time. When it comes to the electricity powering your home, how can you stay up and running? We’re here to answer that question!
Contact us now to get a professionally installed whole-house backup generator from the pros at Dixie.
What to Choose: Portable Generator, Standby Generator, or Whole-House Generator?
There are various price points for new backup generator installation, but the stability and reliability it provides are priceless. A whole house generator is a practical investment in your home that will only add to its overall value. The amount of your investment varies depending on the number of kilowatts of the unit you choose. The greater the number of kilowatts, the more appliances, lights, and electronics you can run at one time.
Portable generators and portable power stations from hardware stores are good for a quick fix — like if you need to charge your phone or other devices — but their power and runtime are limited. In addition, portable generators need to be set up and started manually and connected with extension cords. This can be difficult to manage in a storm or other chaotic emergency.
Note: Never run a generator indoors or in partly enclosed areas such as garages. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.
Unlike portable generators, whole-home generators provide a high amount of energy quickly and automatically. Whole-house generators have several other advantages, including:
- Turns on in a matter of seconds after power is lost
- Produces high-quality power that won’t overload or fry your electronics
- Reduced noise when running
- More fuel-efficient
- Extended operation period without any maintenance required
Not ready to make such a big investment yet? While not as comprehensive as a whole house generator, a standby home generator’s power supply can be directed to keep electricity flowing only where you need it most in emergencies, like a space heater or refrigerator.
Note: All generators require professional installation. An improperly hooked generator to your home’s electrical system could be potentially deadly to you and to utility workers. For swift professional installation, call Dixie and it’s done!
How to Select the Perfect Generator for Reliable Power Output
Whole-house generators are an excellent choice for many homes. Below are three things to consider when shopping for residential electric generators:
- Fuel source. Generators can be powered by gasoline, diesel, propane, natural gas, or solar energy. There are even hybrid generators on the market. Whatever you choose, you must be able to find an abundant fuel source that can power your generator. To identify the best fuel type, you must understand what works best with your area, home, and whole-house generator.
- Generator size. When it comes to proper installation, the size of your generator is important. Choosing the right size requires expert knowledge of electricity and of your home’s electrical appliances.
- Pick an automatic transfer switch. To restore power properly, your generator must know when to switch on. When taking a look at your home’s electrical panel, our team at Dixie will be able to find an appropriate wattage that will work for your home.
If all this electrical system lingo is puzzling, don’t fret! Just call a friendly Dixie service professional and we’ll help you decide what’s best for your home’s electrical system. We’ll be happy to help you explore your options from solar to gas generators.
Solid Reasons to Invest in a Whole-House Backup Generator
Your Major Appliances, Lights, and Systems Will Keep Running, Even When the Power Goes Out.
No need to be afraid of the dark! While it’s possible to fumble with flashlights and candles, wouldn’t you rather get your entire home back to “normal” in just a few minutes? You choose the size of your backup generator, depending on the amount of investment you want to make to run the things most important to you. Sump pumps stay on as well to prevent flood damage.
Your Whole House Backup Generator is Always Ready to Go, Comes On Automatically, & Costs Little to Operate.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing your whole-house backup generator will turn on automatically seconds after a power failure. When generators are properly installed and connected to your electrical system, their power management system and automatic transfer switch can detect when your power goes out and automatically start-up to minimize interruptions. Plus, since a backup generator is most commonly powered by natural gas, it is very energy efficient and runs at a low operating cost.
Never Worry About Spoiled Food in the Freezer or Refrigerator Again.
How many of us have been forced to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of rancid food and milk after a power outage? Avoid frustration by investing in a backup generator. (And we’re not just worried about food spoiling — some important medications also require refrigeration!)
Dixie Offers a Complimentary Consultation.
Over the years, the experienced Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air team has installed many whole-house generators. We know how to help our clients navigate the process of deciding to purchase and install their first generator. After discussing what your desires are, one of our trained technicians can assess your home’s layout and design and provide alternatives for uninterrupted electric service that meets your needs and budget, all at no cost to you.
Get Peace of Mind with Standby Generators & Whole-House Generators from Dixie
Don’t let power outages disrupt your comfort, safety, and peace of mind. Invest in a high-quality whole-house generator now. To schedule your whole-house backup generator complimentary consultation, call Dixie today! We’re here to help with all electrical, plumbing, or HVAC services.
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