Are You Prepared for Winter Storms? Install a Generator First

Winter storms are harsh – they can cause your home to lose power throughout the day and last well into the night. When you lose power, you lose access to a lot of essentials. Depending on how cold it is outside, loss of power could even be life threatening. It is important to always be prepared for the winter, such as having ample food storage, extra blankets and flashlights, and of course, a backup generator.
Why a Generator?
Generators are quickly becoming a key component to disaster preparedness. They provide your family with safety – keeping you indoors instead of having to leave your home in harsh weather. They also offer other key benefits, including:

  • Access to appliances. From your refrigerator to the stove to lights in your home, you will have access to what you need for sustenance until power is restored.
  • Sump pumps will continue to run. If you have a basement that is prone to flooding, you want your sump pump to run during a storm. A backup generator keeps it in operation and reduces the chances for flooding.
  • Furnaces will continue to operate. In a severe winter storm, your home’s interior temperature could drop drastically without a working furnace. A backup generator can provide your home with the power needed to keep it warm and safe so you do not have to evacuate.
  • Increases your home’s value. Backup generators can increase your home’s value and may be a good selling point if you plan to list your home in the future.

What Size Generator Do I Need?
You will need to contact an electrical contractor to see what type and size of generator you need. Also, depending on what you need to run during the power outage, you may require a large or small generator.
Can I Afford a Backup Generator?
Backup generators are much more affordable than homeowners realize. And, because they increase your home’s value, you will actually earn a return on the investment.
Install a Backup Generator Before Winter Hits
Storms are on the horizon and as winter kicks off, so will the snow, heavy winds and ice. Be prepared by having your backup generator already installed and ready to go. Contact an electrical contractor to have your home or business assessed so that you know what size generator is right for your situation.
Call 732-332-1100 or fill out an online contact form to learn more about backup power generators from the experts at JLC Electrical Contractors. 

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