As we are all living in a world strongly dependent on gadgets and technology, having a power interruption would not only interrupt our power supply but also disturb our day-to-day routine. It would branch out to different problems, not just for you but the people around you like your family, co-workers, friends, neighbors turning the whole town into panic mode.
Our lifestyle revolves around the use of technology if there is something that could prevent us from using our gadgets at home or in the office, we would have to swift into adapting to a non-electrical dependent lifestyle wherein our food won’t spoil even without the use of a refrigerator, wherein we could safely and confidently go around our house even if the lights aren’t turned on, or just to simply keep our bodies warm during cold nights or days. Investing in a home generator can make situations like this somehow bearable, lifting the load of thinking about what to do when there is power interruption could make space in your mind about other things – such as fun things to do with the generator when it is not being used in an emergency.
Our Home Insurance’s warranty covers home systems such as heaters, water dispensers, and appliances like refrigerators. The job of a home generator would make you enjoy the full capacity of these systems and appliances as you would still be able to use it even if there’s a power interruption.
There are various types and sizes of home generators namely: portable, “standby”, and inverter units. These generators differ on how they operate and when they start. A portable home generator usually runs on gasoline and must be operated at a safe distance from the house or any other building. Standby generators automatically start once the generator detects that there is a power blackout, compared to the portable version of a home generator, the standby version runs on propane or natural gas. Lastly, inverter generators are more complicated than the first two types of generators but are quieter than the other home generators. Depending on what generator you are planning to use, manufacturer recommendations for the safe operation of the home generator of your choice are very important and must be followed at all times.
Just like any other purchase you will ever do, it would be helpful to do some research before buying it and before you would need it – better to be safe than sorry. Here are 10 reasons to ponder if you are planning on buying your home generator.
- We can’t control the weather.
Typhoons, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are the cause, mostly, of power interruptions. Depending on the longevity of the cause and how extreme it is, blackouts could last more than 24 hours.
- You have well water.
Not only would you not be able to bathe or go to the kitchen to drink water normally, but you are also at risk of being sick when your well pump and water filters stop operating in the event of a power outage. The water you are going to drink or bathe might be contaminated without the filtration systems you have in your house.
- You have a sump pump.
Your house contains most of your assets and everything that value is inside it. Relying on a sump pump is normal and practical for keeping your basement or other parts of your house dry. Once electricity is cut and no power would supply the sump pump to operate, your belongings are stripped off their protection and guard against water.
- You work from home.
It’s not just your assets that are inside your house, you are also in it – you live inside your house and in some cases, they also happen to work at home; either they are running a business or just work out of their house. This means that you operate inside the house, you use your appliances and gadgets inside the house that helps you make a living. Imagine having to go “offline” for an hour because of a power interruption, you could not use this as a break but it could damage your quality of work or business risking your job and inconveniencing your clients and customers.
- Food spoils quickly.
As the FDA says, food items that can’t be preserved or do not have a long shelf life should be thrown out in the event that your refrigerator is turned off for at least four hours. Scientifically, temperature for frozen food products helps either speed up their shelf life or slows it down. Having to move a certain food product from a cold temperature to a warm temperature would only make it spoil sooner than you imagine.
- You live in a high-risk or severe climate area.
One could tell a lot from where you live. If your area happens to be frequented by typhoons or such, you could expect a lot of weather-related outages. Some areas’ temperatures are on extremes – either they are too warm or too cold. As stated in this list, you cannot control the weather. But you can modify the temperature in your home. Investing in either air conditioning or heating systems could ensure your comfort and safety inside your house. These conditions in areas are to be considered to help you prepare for any electricity outage.
- You are out of your house most of the time.
Relating this to the previous point, if you migrate from area to area to avoid the cold weather then you are a snowbird. Meaning you are not in your house most of the time or you have another house when it’s that time of the year. A home generator could protect your belongings and property from emergencies that could happen during a power outage. This is regardless if you are in the house or not.
- Someone in your house may be depending on an electrically powered medical device.
Taking care of a loved one from home could be risky as it is, but if the one you are taking care of relies on an electrically powered medical device like a life support a power outage is as good as pulling the plug of a life support machine. A home generator could prevent this from happening, healthcare professionals could help you by suggesting how to weather power outages with the certain medical device that you are using.
- You have a hybrid or electric car.
Out of the three types of home generators, there is one that you can carry around and use in a carry – the portable (as its name suggests) home generator. You can keep it inside your car so it is always fully charged wherever you go.
- Generators aren’t just for emergencies.
Aside from cars, portable generators can also be used somewhere else. You can use it for work, for fun, inside or outside the comfort of your home. This includes, but is not limited to: camping, the use of portable power tools, outdoor parties, and events. Think of it as a power bank – you can use it to charge your phone, charge your laptop, or any other device that you. But you don’t have to bring a piece of supercomputer-like machinery to have electricity or power. You could have the luxury to bring power into your hands wherever you go.
Be it weather-related such as storms, trees collapsing, or any other damage in your neighborhood that could cause power interruptions, it would undeniably cause a ruckus and disruption in our daily lives as homeowners. Having to enjoy the appliances and systems that are covered in our Home Insurance Warranty would be perfect. Let the Home Insurance not go to waste by maximizing the use of the things you have at home, getting a home generator could give you one less thing to worry about during emergencies and unexpected circumstances. Being ready is always the best, do some research on some home generators now while everything is perfect and people are not panicking, don’t wait for the time wherein you’ll race to the shops just to get one because you all badly need it already – or worse, because you have experienced it already and don’t want it to happen again. Don’t let this be your lesson learned, you have been warned. Power outage scenarios aren’t fun at all but a home generator could save you a lot of time and money, and at the same time protect your home and everything, or everyone, inside it.
In case you are ready to protect yourself and your home, you can contact your insurance provider and get a home warranty insurance quote today. You would just have to fill out a form and let them handle the rest. You can also always have the option to speak or ask an agent if you need more information on Home Insurance Warranty. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions and contact us. Your insurance provider agents are glad to help.