Severe weather has become more common these days, and unfortunately, severe weather often causes power outages that could last for several hours or several days. Life will come to a standstill when the power goes out in your Marion, SC, home, and there’s not much you can do about it. Most daily household tasks cannot be done without electricity, and finding something to entertain yourself and your family can be challenging when the power is out.
The best way to prepare for the next power outage is to install a backup generator on your property. These generators kick on automatically when the power goes out and will shut off on their own when the power is restored, and you won’t have to do anything.
If you aren’t sure if a backup generator is worth the cost, you should consider why it’s a good idea to have one.
#1 You Have Kids
Many kids today don’t spend all their time outside playing as they once did. Even if your children do, they cannot go outside during severe weather. Going outside after the storm ends can also be dangerous because there could be downed trees, power lines, or debris scattered, which could put your kids at risk.
Nothing is worse than a kid cooped up in your home for hours or days without power. They need electricity to play video games, watch TV, power the internet, and charge their devices. In addition, your house will be very dark at night, which many kids find frightening. You can light candles or use flashlights, but neither of the options will illuminate the entire house.
A backup generator will power your entire home when the power goes out, keeping your children busy until the power is restored. The generator will also power every light, and it will be as though the power never went out.
#2 You Work From Home
Many people today work from home, and some finish their work at home after work. If the power goes out, your computer, internet, and other essential office equipment won’t have power, and you can’t get your work done. Not only will the power outage affect your ability to make money, but you can also miss deadlines, which will reflect negatively on you.
A backup generator will power your office equipment, and you can keep working during the power outage.
#3 Prevent Your Food From Spoiling
When the power goes out in your Marion, SC home, your refrigerator will stop working. If you keep the fridge closed, the food will be safe for up to four hours before it starts to spoil. The food in the freezer is also at risk, and if the freezer is half-full, it will stay frozen for 24 hours and begin to thaw. The food will remain frozen for 48 hours if the freezer is full. If the power outage lasts for days, you’ll have to throw out the entire contents of the refrigerator and freezer, which could be hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of food.
A backup generator will keep your refrigerator and freezer running during the power outage, keeping the food safe and saving the money it would cost to restock the fridge and freezer.
#4 You Can Cook At Home
When the power goes out, your stove and microwave won’t have power, making it impossible to cook. Also, the refrigerator will be out, so you may not have anything to cook. Some people grill outside when the power is out, but this is impossible during a severe storm. If you don’t have a grill, you can’t prepare food. You can eat at restaurants, but it can be expensive to take your family out to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, if there’s a widespread power outage, finding a restaurant with power can be challenging.
A backup generator will power everything in your home, including the stove and microwave, and you can prepare meals the way you usually do, and it won’t cost a fortune to feed your family.
#5 Added Home Security
When the power goes out, your home security system and the cameras will also go out, whether the system is hardwired into the house or you have a Wi-Fi system. Also, the outside lights will go out, leaving your home’s exterior dark and unprotected. Many intruders use the dark of night to hide, and a widespread power outage is a perfect opportunity.
A backup generator will keep your cameras, lights, and security system running, ensuring your home and family are safe until the power is restored.
#6 No Need For Storm Prep
When severe weather is in the forecast, Marion, SC, residents flock to the stores to prepare for the storm. You will need several things for a power outage, such as bottled water, canned goods, a cooler with ice, candles, flashlights, and batteries. If you start preparing too late, it can be challenging to find everything you need.
If you have a generator, you won’t have to worry about preparing for the storm because the generator will power your entire home. It will be as though the power never went out, and you won’t need any storm supplies. A generator can avoid the shopping trip, saving you time and money.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Generators?
If you believe your family will benefit from a backup generator, call Mister Sparky Generator. We are a full-service generator company serving customers in Marion and the surrounding areas. Our highly trained staff can help you select a generator that is the right size to power your entire home, and they’ll do their best to find something in your budget and install it for you.
Routine maintenance is essential to keep your generator running, and our techs can perform the maintenance service. In addition, if something happens and the generator isn’t working correctly, we can send a tech to your home to figure out what’s wrong with the unit and make the necessary repairs.
To learn more about the generators we have available, or if your existing backup generator needs to be maintained or repaired, give Mister Sparky Generators a call today.