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Do I Need A Backup Generator?

May 23, 2023 | Blog

Electricity is what keeps your home functional, comfortable and safe. This is why power outages can be so frustrating. If you’re tired of dealing with power outages, you might consider buying a backup generator.

At Natchez Heating & Cooling, we have a lot of experience with generators. Believe it or not, it doesn’t always make sense for homeowners to invest in a generator, which is why we’re here to share information about different types of generators and when it’s a good idea to buy one.

Why Are Power Outages So Bad?

Other than discomfort, power outages can cause a lot of problems within your home. Power outages can damage appliances that are plugged in and shut off important appliances and devices. If you have a sump pump, a power outage can also force it to shut off, which can lead to a flood.

Thankfully, generators provide electricity for your home during an outage. These generators allow you to keep living life as normal, even if your home’s normal power supply is cut off.

Who Should Buy A Backup Generator?

Generators can be very helpful, but they also are a bit of an investment. Certain climates and living conditions can make generators almost essential for comfortable living. Other climates may not experience the same need for power though. Consider the following conditions while you decide whether or not to buy a generator:

Climate And Weather

Many power outages are caused by storms. Even mild storms can leave a town without power for a few hours, which makes backup generators very helpful in areas that are frequently hit by storms. These generators can help keep your appliances running smoothly despite the poor weather.

Sometimes areas that get really hot experience more frequent power outages. This is usually because too many people are using their AC at the same time. Having a generator in this type of situation helps keep your home cool despite the lack of power, which not only keeps you comfortable, but protects you and your family against heat stroke.

If you live in a milder climate that experiences less rain and cooler temperatures, the need for a generator is not as high. You can still buy a generator if you experience an occasional power outage, but there probably won’t be as many consequences if you decide not to purchase one.

What Types Of Backup Generators Are There?

If you want to purchase a backup generator, there are a couple of options to choose from: a portable or a fixed generator. Fixed generators are connected to your home through utility lines. This means you won’t have to fuel the generator, and it will automatically switch on when the power goes out.

Portable generators are usually cheaper than fixed generators, but you’ll need to turn them on manually during a power outage. Additionally, portable generators are fueled by gas, which means you’ll need to make sure you always have some fuel in case of an outage.

How A Natchez Electrician Can Help

If you want to purchase or install a generator, Natchez Heating & Cooling is the place to call. We can help you figure out what type of generator is best for your needs and send a Natchez electrician to help with the installation.

At Natchez Heating & Cooling, we help people in the Natchez area with all their HVAC, electricity, and plumbing needs. To learn more about our services, give us a call today!

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