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5 Benefits to Owning a Home Generator

Home Generator

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So you’re on the fence about purchasing a new home generator. Our electrical experts are here to help. Here are five ways that you can benefit from getting a new generator installed for your home today:

1. Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Winters can be brutal. In the case of a winter storm power outage, your pipes can be at risk for freezing if they’re located in unheated areas of your home. Frozen and burst pipes can cause flooding, and repairing the damage can cost thousands of dollars. If you’re able to keep your thermostat set to a warmer temperature during an icy winter, you minimize the risk of flooding caused by frozen or burst pipes.

If you are a snowbird, you may not be home to keep an eye on your pipes during the winter. With a home generator installed by the experts at Oliver, you’ll have peace of mind while you’re away. It’s recommended to keep your thermostat at a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius if you are expecting a bad winter storm.

2. Bad Weather & Local Blackout

We are no strangers to bad weather. With winter storms hitting the Northeast hard, one of our biggest concerns is losing our power. With a standby generator installed for your home, you will have peace of mind that if there is a local blackout, you won’t skip a beat.

During a bad storm, the possibility is high that your power may be out for 24 hours or more. What’s worse, a local blackout may occur without any warning. Bad weather is dangerous enough. You need peace of mind with your power so you can focus on other important preparations.

3. You Need to Keep Your Food Safe

The food being stored in your refrigerator is there for a reason: to stay fresh. Perishable items can spoil very quickly and you need to rely on your refrigerator in the case of a sudden power outage. It can only take a few hours for your food to spoil, and if you are not careful, it may even happen without you noticing. You may need to throw out hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries all at once if your refrigerator loses power.

Your family’s health comes first, and with a standby generator you are ensuring that the food you are storing stays fresh and healthy. In the long run, you can save thousands of dollars just by being prepared.

4. Safety Inside Your Home

In the case of a sudden blackout, you may lose the use of the lights inside your home. The sudden darkness increases the potential injury of your family members. Trying to navigate your home without a single light becomes dangerous when you’re not able to see any obstacles in your way. If you live in a multi-level home, you may run the risk of falling down or tripping on your stairs.

If you are able to continue using your lights, this will minimize the risk of falling, tripping, or running into sharp corners. This may be especially useful for any homes with small children or animals.

5. Increasing Home Value

If you intend to sell your home in the future you may be thinking, “why invest in a generator if I’m just going to move someday?” We have already covered reasons why a standby generator will benefit your home, but this list also applies to your potential home buyer. It may even be a good idea to share our blog with them if they’re not aware of these benefits already.

An experienced realtor knows the value of a home generator and should be excited to share it with anyone interested in purchasing the house. Someone in the market for a quality home would be glad to pay the asking price if they feel that the safety of their family is being considered.

A Bonus Benefit

At Oliver Heating and Cooling, we are experts at installing and maintaining the most effective backup power generator to fulfill your needs. Peace of mind is an important part of owning your own generator, and with the proper maintenance, you can be sure that your home is in good hands. Give us a call today at 1-877-757-1141 or request an appointment so you can be sure you will never be left in the dark.

Emergency Generators: Stronger Than The Storms

When big storms approach, there are two kinds of people: the ones wondering how much frozen food they’ll be throwing out in a couple of days, and the ones stocking up on ice cream without a care in the world. That may be a slight exaggeration, but the fact is that having a standby generator for your home means you get to worry less about being without power for any length of time.

Before I came to Oliver, I worked for a utility company that served an area of the state where power outages are frequent and severe all summer long. I can’t tell you how many panicked phone calls I received that a tree had fallen on power lines and knocked out the electricity. On a good day, I could tell people that the line crews were handling it and would have the power restored in a few hours. On a bad day, there were many phone calls that ended in tears because a customer had been stocking up for a big party and everything in their fridge would need to be thrown away because the wind and debris damage was severe enough to take days to repair. And this was before  Superstorm Sandy had all of New Jersey camping out at gas stations trying to fill portable generators.

Automatic whole home standby emergency generators are different. It hooks into your existing gas or propane service and will generate enough power to run your entire house, not just the appliances you remembered  to set up on the transfer switch for a portable generator. And the “automatic” part is really great, because it will run your home even if you aren’t there to  flip the switch. So no more coming home from vacation to fermented orange juice, which happened to me a few years ago – and yes, it was as disgusting as it sounds!

Want to learn more? Give us a call at 484-477-0461 and we’ll be happy to help you out! And when you stock up on the ice cream before the next storm, save a pint of Chocolate Peanut Butter for me, ok?