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Five reasons to have a backup generator

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Power outages can happen with little to no notice or explanation. This creates a major inconvenience and, if not prepared or well equipped, property damage and monetary loss could ensue. Losing power will shut down your HVAC system, appliances, sump pump, as well as hinder your ability to keep your business working as usual. To prepare you best for unforeseen circumstances, having a backup generator can mitigate costly problems.

Here are five reasons why you should have a backup generator:

Climate Control

Power outages in your home will cause the HVAC system to shut down, which can cause major issues in the winter. Temperatures will drop in the home, potentially causing frozen and/or burst pipes. According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, a frozen pipe can lead to pipes bursting, and result in more than $5,000 in water damage. Along with structural benefits, a backup generator will also ensure a level of comfort and safety for your family.

Food Spoilage Prevention

Food isn’t cheap, and it’s never fun to throw it away because it spoils. A backup generator can ensure your refrigerator continues running when the power goes out. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, food in the refrigerator can stay safe if the power is out no more than four hours, and perishable food should be discarded if above 40 degrees for more than two hours.


Whether you work from home or have a commercial space, a generator can help you stay productive and focused on your goals. Having a business continuation plan guarantees that you know what you need to keep you in business when weather, a natural disaster or faulty equipment hinder your power supply. The piece of mind, time savings, and damage prevention that a generator can provide outweighs the initial upfront cost and keep your business prospering.

Sump pump

Proper functioning of your sump pump is crucial on a daily basis. And when the power goes out, and your sump pump ceases to work, costly water damage can arise. Help preserve your foundation and prevent water overflow with a backup generator.

Power Away From Home

Whether you are enjoying time in the woods or getting work done on a remote construction site, having a generator can make your life and work a lot easier. Even though when going into the woods you may be trying to live simply, a generator can be helpful when the temperatures drop unexpectedly or to help make your children feel more comfortable having a night light.

RE Johnson Electric is your local, northwestern Pennsylvania Kohler generators dealer. If interested in learning more about how a Kohler generator can save you money or if your backup generator needs to be serviced, contact a RE Johnson specialist today.

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