3.5 Million Americans Lose Power Each Week
"September is National Preparedness Month, which acts as a great reminder that preparing for an unexpected emergency ahead of time will help keep family members safe when the next emergency situation arrives at a their doorstep," said
"After a kit is secured and a communication plan is created, families should assess how to further improve their home's preparedness level, which could include investing in a backup power solution," said
*Estimates are for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to estimate power outage loss. Cost estimates were pulled from
What is backup power?
Portable generators and standby generator systems are the two most common types of backup power solutions available to homeowners. Both keep a home's lights and appliances working in the event of a weather-related power outage or other emergency, but understanding their differences and capabilities makes selecting the best generator for a family's needs much easier.
Portable generators: The immediate backup power supply
Portable generators, often powered by gasoline, work well as an immediate solution during a power outage. They are generally low maintenance, compact and easily maneuverable on the property and are designed to provide reliable power a few essential items and appliances such as a refrigerator, TV and basic light circuits.
Portable generators can be harmful if not operated properly. Only operate the generator outdoors and away from open windows or doors to avoid carbon monoxide fumes from entering the home. Homeowners should read manufacturer's operating manual and instructions before operating and follow the generator maintenance.
Standby generator systems: The long-term backup power supply
For those who want a backup power source that offers uninterrupted power, a standby generator system is an ideal solution. The standby, or home, generator unit is connected to a home's existing propane or natural gas line so it turns on automatically within seconds when utility power to a home is knocked out. Homeowners can have peace of mind that their food won't spoil, air conditioning/heat will continue to run and the sump pump won't turn off.
Standby generators can power more of a home's high-wattage appliances, like AC units, stoves and dryers. But unlike portable generators, home standby generators need to be professionally installed, so families should allow for the installation process.
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