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Preparing for Hurricanes: The Importance of a Home Generator

Mike Jeffries | August 23, 2021

home generatorHurricanes have an immense potential for destruction. Even hurricanes in lower categories can cause flooding, wind damage, and power outages, so if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, it's important to prepare your home or property. Having a generator available to you after a hurricane can be a huge advantage.

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Hurricanes and Power Outages

When there's a hurricane in the forecast, it's likely that you'll experience a loss of power after the storm hits. Sometimes these power outages can last for days, or even weeks at a time, as damage to the power grid can be severe after a hurricane.


Types of Generators You May Need For Hurricane Preparation

A generator can protect you in the case of a power outage, and restore power to some of your appliances. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, learn a little more about the types of generators to find one to fit your needs.

Standby Generators

A standby generator is a type of generator that can detect a power outage and automatically switch on, making sure that all your home's systems are functioning properly. There is no need for you to venture outside during a storm. A standby generator can also tap directly into a natural gas line, so there's no need for constant refueling. In addition, this type of generator can power other appliances, like a refrigerator, microwave, and some lights throughout your home.

And since hurricane season occurs during the warmer months, most standby generators can run your central air as well, providing comfort for you and your family. And if the storm is more serious and you need to evacuate your property, a standby generator can keep your security systems running to protect your property even further.

It’s almost guaranteed that during a hurricane, your power goes out and you will lose cool air access in your home. In Florida especially, losing the ability to cool your home could be detrimental to the physical health of residents.

A standby generator can power air conditioning units, preventing serious health concerns to young and elderly residents of the home. Though standby generators tend to cost a few thousand to purchase and install, the value is clear, and will repay itself in no time.


Portable Generators

A portable generator may also be of use during a hurricane. Though they aren't as powerful or convenient as a standby generator, they can still power a few small appliances and lights throughout your home. If you own a property that isn't a flood risk, a portable generator may be a more cost-effective solution.

However, portable generators need to be kept outside so as not to create a buildup of fumes, and they also need to be manually started and refueled throughout their use, so remember these facts when you are deciding on a generator to purchase. Going outside in the middle of a hurricane to start your generator is not a smart idea. However, if you don't need power immediately and are willing to wait out the worst of the storm, a portable generator may still offer you peace of mind, knowing that you won't have to go days or weeks with no electricity.

With Hurricanes in Southwest Florida, Preparation is Key

Hurricanes are more than just a pain - they can cause severe destruction in a short amount of time. If you're tired of dealing with prolonged power loss, or are living in fear of serious flooding every hurricane season, it may be time for you to consider buying a generator.

They are well worth the investment, knowing that your property will be safer. Both portable and standby generators have their benefits, and can offer you reassurance and convenience when the storm hits.

If you have any questions about generators or preparing them for hurricane season in Florida, contact us today to speak with a member of our team. We'll be glad to answer any questions and guide you to the generator you need.

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