Why Installing a Generator in Your Home Makes Sense

When your electricity goes dark, you feel powerless (pun intended). All of your daily activities, your routines, your work – it all gets disrupted if and when you get disconnected. And let’s face it: hurricane season makes this possibility a downright eventuality.

That’s why it’s essential to consider an alternative power source.

A generator is a reliable go-to device that can provide backup energy in times of need and worry. Your cell phone battery can only last so long before it needs charging, and that’s just one example of a contraption that you need to have on hand during storms and other emergency scenarios.

Luckily, generator installation is just one of the many services at which we excel. Our knowledgeable team can discern what model is sufficient to handle the needs of your house, your family, and your life. We also make sure that the generator in question will be safely and securely incorporated into your home to avoid further distress. After all, hurricane season causes enough irritation; you don’t need another headache at a time like that.

Facing the Facts

Less than two years ago, Hurricane Irma tore its way through the Sunshine State with a furor that still echoes through our populace. We all remember the devastation, but it’s important to put these memories into perspective and make sure that we prepare for another such occurrence.

Approximately 6.8 million Florida residents lost power in the wake of Irma. To put a finer point on that statistic, that’s roughly one-third of our entire state’s population. Dozens tragically lost their lives and tens of thousands were displaced from their homes. While these numbers are staggering, we must not become victims to them.

Plan ahead, hope for the best, but be ready for the worst.

Safety First

So, you’re ready to welcome a new generator into your home. Congratulations! But make sure you understand the awesome power of your new housemate before you hurt yourself or damage your home.

The following are a few quick cautionary notes to keep in mind when approaching a generator:

  • Cord Care – Just because a generator supplies power, that doesn’t mean you should plug any old appliance into it. Make sure you use the specified plugs (often the three-pronged variety) that are designed specifically for use with that model.

  • Fuel Patrol – It’s important to have the necessary fuel (be it gas, kerosene, etc.) at the ready to make your generator hum as efficiently as possible. However, don’t situate the fuel supply TOO close to the device or else the gas can combust from the aforementioned heat emanating from it.

  • Chill Out – Allow your generator time to cool off before pouring more fuel into it.

  • Good Vibrations – Generators can shake and shimmy a bit, so take a look at the surrounding walls, floors, and general vicinity to prevent items from falling due to the resulting vibrations.

  • Say What? – In addition to moving about, generators can be a bit noisy, so remember to wear earplugs or similar protective gear if you plan to spend an extended period of time near your new device.

When in doubt about any and all of the guidelines specified above, step back and call in the professionals. That’s what we’re here for!

Don’t Be Caught Off-Guard

If you wait, you’re too late. That’s a mantra that should echo through your mind long before hurricane season roars through our state again. Procrastinating until your power is out will result in paying exorbitant amounts for a generator that may not suit your electricity needs, but at that point, desperation will dictate how much you’re willing to pay.

Consider the many aftershocks that immediately begin to occur when you lose access to electricity:

  • Your refrigerator warms up, spoiling your food and forcing you to rely on canned goods or expensive restaurant meals for sustenance.

  • Heating and air conditioning units are useless, which may become a lethal situation, especially during a particularly brutal Florida heat wave.

  • Water pumps cease to function, so if you didn’t plan ahead by filling your tub with H2O or stocking up on bottled water (which is incredibly expensive), then you’ll be parched in no time.

  • If you rely on a security system to protect your home and family, then a power outage is your worst nightmare.

By being proactive, you can avoid the various calamities detailed above. You also want to act early to assure that you’ll get the right generator at the right price. Retailers are happy to raise their prices on portable generators during times of crisis, but you can save time and money by installing a permanent device before you are in dire need of it.

Call us today at (954) 577-7923 and let’s generate the best plan for you!

Chris Pacchioli