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Should You Invest In A Generator?

Should You Invest In a Generator?

Some people aren't proactive when it comes to winter. Depending on where you live, you'll likely need a snow or ice scraper, a shovel, snow boards for the kids, car covers etc., you know - the basics.

But what if you have a unique situation where your electricity needs to always be connected? For instance, medical devices, heating or cooling your home or running a sump pump, if flooding is an issue during heavy rains. Do you have a backup plan? Consider investing in a generator.


What Are The Choices?

One of the best investments you can make is purchasing a generator. Having a backup generator can give you and your family peace of mind during a storm. A generator can also act as a deterrent, if your lights are on you're able to see, thus eliminating any shady characters from lurking around your home during a power outage.

According to US News, more violent crimes seem to happen at night, in the darkness - while less violent crimes are committed mostly during daylight hours according to this study.

There are Two Main Types of Generators

1. Portable generators

The better option, if you're living on a budget, would be a portable generator. A smaller, but still powerful option that requires the use of gas or diesel fuel to operate. Portable generators also need to be refueled periodically, and it comes in multiple sizes. These generators are less expensive, at a cost of between $150 to $1400.

2. Standby generators

This type of generator attaches straight to a propane tank or natural gas line and automatically activates when, and if, for any reason, you happen to lose power. These generators can keep everything in your home powered up, and refueling is not a concern.

Since these are larger machines, you'll need to invest in installation and routine preventive maintenance. These generators are also more expensive.

Getting Winter Ready

Here's a List of Things You Can Do to Get Winter Ready.

1. Where Do I Start?

If you live in an area that's prone to power outages during storms, that's your first reason to look into investing in a generator. Who wants to be in the dark? Possibly for days, when you really don't have to be? A generator will allow you to keep your family warm, safe and entertained while also keeping your food fresh and frozen.

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2. How Much Power Do You Need?

When considering what type of generator you need, think about what you need to keep powered. Ask yourself if the refrigerator, and heating and A/C unit is sufficient, or does your lifestyle demand whole home electricity. For instance, Is your stove electric powered, do you work from home, do the kids homeschool, does anyone use any electrical powered medical devices, or does anyone have allergies that require the use of a humidifier?

3. Prepare Your Home

Remember to allow a slow drip in your faucets to prevent your pipes from bursting, turn off the water faucets outside and detach your water hose, and insulate each exposed pipe. Cover drafty windows with plastic to keep the heat in or think about replacing your windows with storm windows.

4. Don't Forget the Doors

You want to check around your doors for any cold drafts that may require some weatherstripping, and have your roof checked. A lot of people probably don't think about this, but, you should also trim tree branches, clean your gutters and have any trees that could come down in strong winds taken care of by a professional.

5. Open Up and Let the Sunshine In

Open your curtains and/or blinds during the day and soak in all the sunshine, open up your cabinets to keep the heat consistent while also keeping the pipes warm.

6. Outdoor Furniture Safety and A Snowblower to the Rescue

Make sure that your outside furniture is secured and covered or put away. A snowblower is a lot quicker and less taxing on your body than having to shovel. Your snowblower should be serviced every autumn so that it's ready for winter.

7. Winter - A Season of Wrapping

You should wrap any pipes that are visible including the water heater with blankets or towels and keep your vents open and don't block the vents with furniture.

8. Emergency Preparedness

It is a must to have an emergency preparedness out in your car because you never know when you may need it. You out should consist of Food and water, kitty litter, blankets, and a shovel, just in case you get stuck in snow.

9. Stock up on supplies and have plenty of:

  • Medicine
  • Batteries
  • A flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Couple of cases of water
  • A backup cell phone charger
  • A radio that works with batteries
  • Backup gas and propane, stored safely.
  • Some canned food, crackers, pop tarts etc.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Felicia Powell - FlowerChild Fee

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