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Anyone who lives in Dillon, SC, knows that the weather can be severe at times. During the summer, tropical storms and hurricane threats are common. When these storms hit, they knock down trees and power lines, leaving residents without power for days.
The best way to always be prepared for severe weather is to have a generator. Many homeowners have portable generators that can run three or four appliances at a time using extension cords. While this is a reasonable temporary solution, it isn’t the most convenient solution. If you don’t want your daily life to change despite the power outage, you should consider a whole-house generator installation.
A whole-house generator is a generator that is powerful enough to run all of the electrical appliances in your home. Rather than relying on extension cords to plug appliances in, a whole-house generator is hardwired into the electrical box. When the power goes out, the generator will run through the electrical panel, powering every outlet and light in the house.
There are several benefits of a whole-house generator installation.
#1 Your Food Won’t Spoil
When the power goes out, your refrigerator won’t run. If you don’t open the refrigerator and freezer at all, you have about 4 hours for the fridge and 24 to 48 hours before the temperature in the freezer drops, and the food begins to spoil. If this happens, you could end up throwing away hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars in food away.
If you invest in a generator installation, the refrigerator will kick on as soon as the power goes out. This will protect all of your food from spoiling, saving you a great deal of money.
#2 Food Preparation
When the power goes out in your home, you won’t be able to cook for your family. This means that you will need to eat out, which can be expensive. If your family is eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can end up spending up to $100 a day for food.
If the power is out all over Dillon and the surrounding areas, it can be difficult to find an open restaurant.
If you invest in a generator installation, you will still be able to use your stove and microwave. This will allow you to cook as if the power never went out, saving you a lot of money.
#3 Stay Busy
When the power goes out, it can be difficult to find something to do. These days, we rely on our TV, streaming services, and gadgets to stay busy. If the power goes out, you won’t be able to use any of these things, making the blackout a very boring time.
If you spend the money on a generator installation, your TV and all of your gadgets will have power. You will also have access to your internet. When the power goes out, you will still be able to do the things that you normally do every day, preventing you from getting bored.
#4 No Candles or Flashlights
When the power is out and it starts to get dark, you will need to rely on flashlights and candles to see. While these can make the room a bit brighter, it will still be difficult to read and move throughout the house. If you don’t have batteries for the flashlights, they are useless. Also, if not used properly, candles can be a fire hazard.
When you invest in a generator installation, you won’t need to rely on flashlights or candles. The generator will power the entire house, so you can use lamps and overhead lights to see.
#5 Safety and Security
Most home intruders wait until the cover of night before they start breaking into homes. If there is a blackout in Dillon, SC, it is the perfect opportunity for a thief. Not only will many homes be dark when the sun goes down, but home security systems that rely on electricity won’t work. This can put you and your family at great risk.
If you invest in a generator installation, your home will be bright and lit up after the sun goes down. When an intruder sees this, they will move on to a dark house. Also, the generator will allow your home security system to keep functioning, giving you peace of mind that you and your family will be safe until the power comes back on.
#6 No Dangerous Extension Cords
If you are going to use a portable generator to run a few appliances, you will need to run extension cords throughout your house. Many homeowners will plug a power strip into the extension cord to run even more appliances. While these generators will power essential appliances, running extension cords throughout the house can be dangerous. If a room is dark and someone trips over a cord, they could be seriously injured. When you invest in a whole-house generator installation, you won’t need to worry about cords spread around the home because the generator is hardwired into the house. If you have a family member in the home who is elderly or disabled, a whole-house generator is the safer option.
#7 Peace Of Mind
When there is a tropical storm or a hurricane in the forecast, many Dillon, SC residents begin to panic. They worry about long-term power outages and all of the struggles that go along with it.
If you invest in a whole-house generator, you won’t need to panic. As soon as the power goes out, your life inside the home won’t change at all. The generator will give you peace of mind that you and your family will be safe and happy until the power comes back on.
If you are thinking about investing in a generator and generator installation, contact Mister Sparky Generators. We can sit down with you to discuss the size of your home and your electrical needs. We will use this information to help you select the best size generator to ensure that your whole house is powered when the power goes out. To sit down with one of our generator experts, give us a call or stop by today.