Last winter, hundreds of thousands of homeowners learned the hard way about the importance of having immediate back-up power. And, as more people work from home, power outages become more than an inconvenience, but an economic impediment as well.
In addition to weather related outages, the electrical grid has been plagued by more and worse blackouts in recent years, due to aging wires, pole transformers and other lagging infrastructure. In fact, non-disaster-related outages affected at least 50,000 consumers last year. This, coupled with increasingly volatile weather patterns and an increasing reliance on technology, create a perfect storm for outages.
To mitigate the inconvenience, cost and danger of inevitable power outages, it’s becoming increasingly important that every homeowner consider a backup generator. Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of purchasing and using one. With a bit of understanding and research, you can find an easy-to-operate unit that is right for you home. Here are some things to consider when seeking out a generator:
- Know your needs. What devices you will need to power in the event of an outage? List running watts and starting watts for each device, and add them together to determine your total wattage requirements. Additionally, determine which type of fuel you prefer and what your primary use will be.
For example, generators are not just handy for home emergencies; they can also be useful on camping trips, for tailgating before the game or for the job site. If you plan to use your generator on trips, ease of portability and flexibility is important.
- Quality. Above all, a generator should offer durability, reliability, performance and security. For example, the Firman Platinum Series Generators powered by Kohler engines are known for these qualities and are offered at various price points. Their wheel barrow design provides ease of mobility, and the simple-to-operate control panel comes with outlet covers to protect against the elements. Additionally, they are designed for quieter operation, making them ideal for use at home.
- Ease of operation. Features such as a pull cord, electric and/or remote start, and durable tires for portability can make using a generator easy for anybody.
- Don’t wait. You never know when you might need a generator. And an emergency situation is not the right time to do your research and find one. Protecting your home, family and home business from power outages is crucial. Consider outfitting your home with a backup generator to stay comfortable, safe and connected no matter what.