Do You Need a Generator for Your Home or Business?
Posted by Kristopher Schwind
2021 brought wildfires and drought to California that caused intermittent blackouts, extreme cold in Texas that cut off power to more than 3 million people and hurricane Ida that caused $65 billion in damages in the eastern U.S. You may have been affected by one of these events.
Recent data shows that weather events are increasing in intensity, frequency and the dollar amount of damage they create. In the first nine months of 2021, there were 18 weather and climate events that together caused more than $104.8 billion in damages.
If you’ve experienced power outages, or if you’ve been lucky so far but want to be ready for future weather events, you may be considering purchasing a generator for your home or business. The desire to protect your home, family and business is reason enough, but there are conditions that make the argument for buying a generator even more persuasive.
Having a backup generator for your home gives you the confidence that you can care for your family in the event of a power outage. There is a cost associated with purchasing a generator, however, and an ongoing commitment of time and money to keep it running.
When you’re considering a backup generator, certain important needs can help you decide. Here are a few situations that might convince you to move ahead:
- Life-saving medical equipment – If someone in your household depends on a piece of medical equipment such as a dialysis or oxygen machine and a power outage might threaten their life.
- Food storage – Some households purchase large quantities of food and freeze it, capitalizing on the economy of bulk purchasing—for example, buying a side of beef.
- Extreme climate – If you live in an area that gets very hot in the summer or very cold in the winter, heating and cooling are not luxuries, they are necessities.
- Electric vehicles – Electric vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent. At the same time, switching to electric makes you even more reliant on the electric grid and the availability of public charging stations. Having a generator to charge your vehicle from home during a power outage means you can charge your vehicle and stay mobile, regardless of the state of the electric grid.
Generators for Your Business
Making sure your business can still provide services during a power outage is certainly important for profitability, but for some businesses, it could be a matter of life and death. Take for example medical and assisted living facilities. People who are elderly or sick rely on continual operation of medical devices to survive.
Schools, grocery stores with a huge investment in product, malls, office buildings and high rises all provide critical services that need to continue without interruption.
- Customer service – Your customers count on you for the services you provide. Having a generator means you can continue offering services during a power outage. This can be an important investment in goodwill with your clients, letting them know you will do everything you can to come through for them.
- Income flow – You can continue working and generating revenue, even if the power is out.
- Security – Without backup, security systems deactivate when the power goes down. This leaves your business vulnerable to thieves and vandals.
- Data preservation – Some computer programs or systems can lose data if the power goes out unexpectedly. Some kinds of data loss are permanent, leaving you with gaps in essential information.
- Climate control – Keeping the temperature livable within your building is a key component for keeping you up and running. Employees or tenants need a comfortable temperature to be able to work. In extreme climates, it may be critical for employees’ health and well-being.
Friendly, Knowledgeable Support
If you’re considering a generator for your home or business, you’ve come to the right place. National Standby Repair not only services and maintains a long list of generator types, we also carry a range of leading brands for purchase. In addition, we offer rentals, maintenance and installation.
Call us today at 914-734-1400 or email us. Our friendly customer support specialists will be glad to talk with you. We also offer free on-site assessments to help you decide which generator is right for you.