Power Outage Preparedness: Should You Buy A Generator?
by HGExpo.com on 08/20/2014 - 02:11 pm
By Bryan Rutkosky
BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing
No one wants to sit in the dark during stormy weather, and, the truth is, no one has to thanks to generator technology.
When the power goes out, generators with an auto-standby feature will power up automatically. Once power is restored, these generators shut down and switch the home back to your utility company’s power source.
When buying a generator, you can choose from gas or propane. Nowadays, a propane cylinder feeds generators, so you no longer need to flaunt a giant propane tank in your yard to keep a steady power source streaming in.
Generators come in many different sizes, from small six-circuit units all the way up to large, 200-amp units that can power an entire house. Smaller units can power one or two refrigerators, a furnace, sump pump, and some lights and outlets. This is a great option for folks who don’t want to be in the dark and are looking to keep the bare necessities running. Middle-of-the-road-sized generators can power up to 20 circuits, which allows you to power all lights and outlets. With these units, you’ll be able to keep your microwave, stove and more all up and running, so long as they run off of a 110-volt outlet.
The cost of a small generator starts at $5,000 installed, while larger, whole-house units from BERS may cost up to $15,000. While generators do pose an upfront investment, they save money over the long haul by preventing frozen pipes and wasted food during a power outage. They also prevent basement flooding by keeping sump pumps running, providing you with peace of mind whether you are home or away.
At BERS, we carry Generac, the leader in the generator field, and Rheem. Both companies use clean power, meaning their units will offer you the same proper power offered by electric companies. Be wary of brands that don’t have strict power regulations, as varying voltage can destroy your electronics.
We also offer generators that feature load sharing, which allows us to add more circuits to smaller units.
Be sure to contact us today for a free estimate so you can have peace of mind the next time the power goes out.
Bryan Rutkosky is the owner of BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing and is licensed in HVAC, plumbing and electrical. His company is based out of Brunswick and serves all of Northeast Ohio. Contact BERS by phone at 440-845-6887 to schedule a free estimate, and visit the company online at the BER's website