Whether it’s a severe storm in the spring or a blizzard in the winter, you’ll likely experience power outages from time to time. While you can’t prevent a power outage, you can be prepared for one.
The best way to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way is by installing a backup generator in your Northbrook, IL, home. Depending on the brand and size of your generator, backup generators can supply power to either a few appliances – such as the refrigerator/freezer, HVAC system and water heater – or they can power up your entire home for several days at a time.
If a backup generator sounds like something you’d like to invest in for your Northbrook, IL, home, contact the electricians at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric. Our electricians can provide top-notch maintenance, repair and installation services for backup generators.
How Does a Backup Generator Work?
Backup generators are incredibly handy to own because they automatically turn on when your home loses power due to a storm or an electrical failure. The unit’s automatic transfer switch senses when power is lost to a home and automatically starts the generator and transfers the electrical load to the unit so it can supply power to the selected circuits.
What’s the Difference Between a Portable Generator and a Backup Generator?
Portable generators are much smaller and only have enough kilowatts of power to run a select number of appliances such as the refrigerator and water heater. They cost about $500 to $1,500 – much cheaper than standby generators – but they do not kick on automatically, need to be refueled manually, and require close monitoring.
Whole-house standby generators, meanwhile, are more convenient than portable generators, as they turn on and off automatically and power entire homes. They are considerably more expensive than portable generators, though, as they can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. They’re ideal if your home experiences frequent power outages.
Benefits of Installing a Backup Generator in your Northbrook, IL Home
If you’re tired of being left in the dark – literally – when the power goes out, consider the installation of a whole-house backup generator. Aside from the convenience backup generators offer, some of the benefits include:
- Unlimited power. Backup generators can power your entire home for several days at a time. This includes your refrigerator, water heater, lights, electrical equipment and water heater. While a storm is whirring around outside your home, you’ll have all of the power you need inside of it.
- Safety. If you lose power on an extremely cold or hot day or night, you won’t be able to use your HVAC system because it requires electricity. A backup generator can power your heating and cooling system. If you or a loved one uses medical equipment that requires electricity, it’s crucial to ensure you have power at all times, and a backup generator can provide that.
- Savings. With the installation of a backup generator, you won’t need to pay for a hotel room as you wait for the power to come back on. You also won’t need to take a trip to the grocery store to replace the food that is spoiled in your refrigerator and freezer.
- No need to refuel. If your backup generator runs on natural gas, it can connect to your home’s natural gas supply line. This will prevent you from having to refuel it during a power outage.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing for Backup Generator Installation in Northbrook, IL
Ravinia Plumbing can provide backup generator maintenance, repair and installation services for your Northbrook, IL, home. We also offer a one-year maintenance plan and optional remote monitoring. 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 Northbrook, 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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