Power failures can be a real pain—and downright dangerous—if you’re not prepared. At the very least, blackouts disable heating and air-conditioning systems, freezers, refrigerators, water pumps and lighting. If the power outage lasts for any length of time, your home can become uncomfortable and possibly uninhabitable: Your water pipes may freeze and burst, the food in your freezer may thaw and spoil, or your sump pump may fail, flooding your basement. Any of these events can quickly become expensive. If a blizzard blocks roads and you’re snowed-in during subzero temperatures, grid failure can even be life-threatening.
An immediate solution is to invest in a backup generator, usually powered by a conventional internal combustion engine. A backup generator will eliminate the headaches of long-term power outages.
It’s hard to appreciate just how valuable a generator can be until you’ve lived through a lengthy power outage without one. Many people wish for backup power only when it’s too late. Generators quickly sell out before and during emergencies, so don’t wait until the next major power failure to consider buying one.
The two main types of residential generators are portable and permanent standby. If you plan to power a few lights, your refrigerator and a furnace, a less expensive portable generator may provide enough power. If you intend to run your lights and furnace—along with a well pump, a freezer and other major appliances—you will need a permanent standby model………learn more about generators