Winter is almost here and that means heavily relying on your home’s heating system to stay nice and toasty this holiday season. Staying warm, however, shouldn’t be your only concern once the snow starts to fall. The winter season is a harsh time of year that puts a strain on your home, plumbing, and electrical system. Heavy snow and ice can weigh down power lines or knock a tree over, which can cause major power outages.
No homeowner wants to deal with a power outage, especially in the dead of winter. When you come to rely on your furnace to stay warm and prevent your plumbing from freezing, and to ensure your sump pump prevents a flooded basement, you’ll need something to make sure your home stays powered throughout the holiday season.
How a Standby Generator Can Help You
- It ensures you stay warm and comfortable. Installing a standby generator ensures that your furnace stays on and continues heating your home. If it’s below freezing outside, it won’t take long for your home to drop to frigid temperatures. Fireplaces provide ambiance and some warmth, but it can’t keep your entire house heated. A standby generator not only keeps your furnace running, but it also keeps you and your household warm and comfortable.
- It keeps the essential appliances running. Some appliances should always be running, like your refrigerator and sump pump. The food inside your refrigerator is sensitive to temperatures, and when the power goes out, the clock starts ticking until you have an entire fridge full of spoiled food. Your sump pump also requires constant power to prevent a flooded basement. A standby generator can potentially save a life if you live with someone who has a medical condition and relies on medical equipment.
- It protects your plumbing. Your plumbing is already susceptible to the frigid temperatures, but when the power goes out; your pipes are at risk of bursting. When the inside of your home isn’t properly heated, your pipes can freeze, and the ice inside the pipes expands until the pipe bursts. Not only will you deal with malfunctioning plumbing, but a pipe flooding thousands of gallons of water inside your home. A standby generator ensures your plumbing is protected and functioning.
- It turns on automatically. Unlike some power backup generators that need to be manually started, a standby backup generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out. This is particularly helpful if you’re away from home or out of town when the power goes out.
How McHales Can Help
When the power goes down, automatic standby generators keep your lights on so you can have peace of mind no matter what the weather is like outside. Unlike a bulky portable generator, automatic units are located outside your home and are ready to start the second an electrical outage occurs.
For Newtown and Bucks County homeowners, the McHale’s electrical team can install one for you today!