We know that Chicago is known for its unpredictable weather. It’s the Windy City, after all. When spring storms or blizzards come through Buffalo Grove, IL, Chicago’s North Shore or Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, are you prepared in the case of a lengthy power outage?
You can help keep your Buffalo Grove, IL, home and family safe by installing a backup generator. Unlike portable generators, backup generators are connected to your home’s electrical system and will turn on automatically if it senses an outage. Depending on the generator unit you buy, they can power your entire home during a power outage, including the lights, refrigerator and heating and cooling system.
Prevent food from spoiling or stumbling around in a dark house looking for things by contacting the licensed electricians at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for installation of a backup generator.
How Do Backup Generators Work?
As we mentioned, backup generators kick on automatically, within seconds of a power outage. The unit’s automatic transfer switch immediately senses an outage and transfers the electrical load to the generator. When power is restored, the automatic transfer switch transfers the electrical load back to the utility and turns the generator off. Standby generators can run on liquid propane gas, diesel or natural gas.
Although they cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, backup generators can power your entire home automatically, compared to portable generators which can supply power to only a few select appliances and don’t turn on automatically.
What Size Backup Generator Do You Need?
One of the biggest decisions when buying a backup generator for your Buffalo Grove, IL, home is what you would like to power during an outage. If you only want to power certain appliances such as your HVAC system and refrigerator, a standard standby generator with a kilowatt range of nine to 20 kilowatts should suffice.
However, if you want to power your entire home for up to several days, consider purchasing a whole-house standby generator with 20 kilowatts of higher power. They can run on natural gas, propane and diesel fuel.
A generator that runs on natural gas will provide you home with unlimited power. However, propane tanks can run out of fuel, so it’s best to buy a big tank to keep your generator running for the length of the power outage.
The electricians at Ravinia Plumbing can help you determine the right type and sizes of generator for you based on your individual power needs.
What Are the Benefits of a Backup Generator?
Some of the benefits of installing a backup generator in your home include:
Providing Power During an Outage
When your power goes out, your backup generator will start up automatically, powering all of the appliances it’s connected to. Depending on the type of backup generator you buy, you can choose to power up your entire home or maybe just select items such as the refrigerator, HVAC system and lighting.
If the power goes out for several days and you don’t own a backup generator, you may have to pay to stay at a hotel. You’ll also spend money buying new food if it spoils in your refrigerator and freezer.
Maintain Comfort and Safety Levels
When the power goes out, so does your heating and cooling system. If the power goes out during the middle of a blizzard, your backup generator will power on, and you’ll be able to use your furnace to keep your family safe and comfortable.
No Need to Refuel
Backup generators can hook up directly to your home’s natural gas line so you don’t need to worry about it running out of fuel. If you use propane as the fuel source, be sure to buy a big enough tank so it doesn’t run out.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing for Standby Generator Installation in Buffalo Grove, IL
If you’re interested in buying a backup generator, Ravinia Plumbing is interested in talking to you. We sell and install many of the top brands in the industry and offer a one-year maintenance warranty. We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, heating and cooling, and electrical companies in Buffalo Grove, IL, and the rest of Chicago’s North Shore and Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. Contact us today to request an appointment.
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