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  • Richard Johnson

Pros and Cons of a Backup Generator

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Living in northwestern Pennsylvania means heavy, long-lasting snowstorms with frigid temperatures in the winter and heavy wind and rain in the summer. And when we’re fortunate to have some decent weather, we have to take advantage of it and have some fun outdoors.

Regardless of the time of year, a backup generator is a handy tool to have. Not only does it provide safety and peace of mind during a power outage, but it also ensures that you are able to perform work and enjoy leisure activities no matter where you are. The bottom line is that having a backup generator helps you to be prepared no matter what the circumstances. While the pros for having a backup generator are endless, you may find a few cons, depending on your outlook.

Pro for a backup generator: climate control for comfort

According to a study by Inside Energy, the incidence of power outages has been rising dramatically over the last two decades. When outages occur, the safety of our loved ones becomes crucial. Depending on the time of year, climate control is of the utmost importance. A backup generator can prevent the HVAC system from shutting down. This will ensure your family stays warm, and lessen the chances of frozen or burst pipes.

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Con for a backup generator: general maintenance

While maintenance is indeed required to run a backup generator, remember that maintenance is always required to run the electrical system in homes, too. While one system is down, you’re simply relying on another to take its place. And the maintenance is simple. It’s usually suggested to perform a general inspection, fuel system, coolant system, lubrication system, air system, starting system, alternator and transfer switch inspection. These preventative maintenance measures are usually performed based upon engine hours.

Pro for a backup generator: Remote power

Backup generators not only provide convenience in your home, but they also provide you the luxury of using electricity in remote locations. Whether you’re camping in the mountains or working on a construction site, a backup generator can ensure functionality and ease.

Con for a backup generator: Enough power for what you need

When purchasing a generator, knowing how much power is necessary is critical. While this may seem like a daunting task, most generators have these specifics listed right on the packaging. Our partner, Kohler, offers many sizes for your backup needs. Take a look at their products to see which would suit your needs.

Pro for a backup generator: Sump pump functionality

A backup generator guarantees proper functioning of the sump pump. This in turn ensures the removal of water that has accumulated and keeps it away from your home’s foundation. This prevents expensive water damage and flooding in your basement.

Don’t let your home and loved ones go through another storm without having a backup generator. The next time a storm hits, be prepared, be safe and be comfortable knowing you are taken care of. Contact a specialist at REJohnson Electric to help you find a generator to fit your needs.

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