Have you ever decided not to buy something only to find yourself saying a few days later, “Boy, I wish I had purchased that item. It would really have come in handy today?”

A whole house generator is one of those products we often fail to buy until we find ourselves really needing it. Here are five reasons a whole house generator comes in handy.  

1. Well Water

Does a well on your property provide the water for your home? Filtration systems and well pumps cannot deliver fresh, safe potable water during a power outage.  

2. Electric Vehicles

Do you own an electric or hybrid vehicle? Electric vehicles need to be charged regularly. A significantly long outage can jeopardize your personal transportation opportunities.

3. Insurance Costs 

Did you know investing in a whole house generator can save you money? These appliances protect your home from outage-related emergencies while you are away, avoiding costly property repairs and insurance claims. Some insurance providers offer discounts to homeowners who own generators that have been installed by licensed professionals.

4. Natural Disasters

Can you accurately predict the occurrence of natural disasters? Storms, hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes often trigger power outages. EM-DAT, the database maintained by the U.S. Foreign Office of Disaster Assistance, reported natural disasters have increased in frequency over the past several decades. Our dependence on power has increased, too, as we rely on fully charged electronic devices – phones, computers, tablets, and watches. 

Food storage and the risk of flooding add to the need for a generator during natural disasters. The FDA recommends disposing of food in a refrigerator lacking power for as little as four hours. Houses with sump pumps rely on those systems during heavy rains. Without power, these pumps are useless to prevent flood damage. 

5. Telecommuting

Are you working from home? The number of telecommuters dramatically increased with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2017 State of Telecommuting Report, commissioned by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, found the number of individuals telecommuting increased 115% in the previous decade.  Working from home means relying heavily on computers, phones, printers, tablets, and fax machines to connect with employers and clients. Significant power outages spell missed deadlines, confused communications, and lost opportunities.

Before you find yourself saying, “A generator would really have come in handy right now,” contact a licensed contractor that can recommend and install the right whole house generator for you.