When you live in a climate that has cold winters just like those you find in Chicago, you often deal with power outages. When an outage occurs, not only are you without lighting for your home, but a more serious issue is that you are without heat. The heating system that is in your home, whether it is a natural gas or oil system, depend on electricity to power the fan motors and the electronic igniter. During a power outage, your heating system can no longer operate and because of this, your house becomes vulnerable to freezing.
How do you help protect your home and its contents from the freezing temperatures during a blackout?
A whole home backup generator will help protect you
The most serious issue that can occur when your house is without power during the winter season is the danger that your water pipes will freeze. The water inside a pipe expands as it freezes, putting stress on the pipe and causing a rupture. This water can cause serious interior damage to your home and cost you thousands of dollars to repair. If this Water damage occurs while you are on vacation, it can even lead to such extensive damage that your house will no longer be livable until all the repairs are complete. Our experts at Failsafe Electric Company suggest that you install a whole house backup generator as a precaution. We recommend the Generac brand of generators because of their flexibility, automatic operation and their durability.
Are backup Generators affordable?
Considering the cost of owning a home and the money that you’ve spent furnishing and equipping it, a backup generator becomes a cost effective solution and delivers you peace of mind. Some homeowners purchase small gasoline powered generators as a backup for their home in the hope that it will be sufficient. The problem with these small systems is that they have to be manually started, they are not connected to your main power system and they only deliver a limited amount of wattage. A home backup generator is sized according the square footage of your home, runs on propane or natural gas, turns on automatically and is wired directly to your home’s electric panel. This ensures that your entire home and its contents are automatically protected in case of a power outage. Your backup system should only be installed by a certified and licensed electrician, like those that we employ at Fail Safe Electric Company.
Here are some of the added benefits of installing a backup generator in your home.
- The contents of your refrigerator and freezer are protected
- Medical devices that require electricity to operate continue to function normally
- You are never left in the dark
- Your pets remain safe
For a professional consultation about whole home generators and to schedule an onsite evaluation of your needs, contact Fail Safe Electric Company today.