As National Hurricane Preparedness Month comes to a close, it’s important to remind homeowners to consider their backup power options in the event of extended power outages. The loss of power is a common side effect of hurricanes, leaving millions without power for days, even weeks after a storm. Lengthy power outages can result in discomfort and costly damages to homes as a result of no air conditioning, spoiled food, increased security risks, chance of flooding and other issues.
“When it comes to hurricane preparedness planning, many people forget about the importance of backup power,” said Melanie Tydrich, senior channel manager – residential/light commercial generators for Kohler Power Systems. “Once the storm has passed, extended power outages are often a reality. Loss of power can result in costly damages to a home or business and can threaten the safety of loved ones. Now is the time to consider your backup power options.”
Homeowners have two main options when it comes to backup power – portable generators and automatic standby generators. Portable generators can be moved wherever needed making them ideal for tailgating, work sites, camping and other mobile applications. These generators are designed to run a few key appliances and not an entire home. An automatic standby generator is permanently installed outside the house, similar to a central air conditioning unit, and runs on natural gas or propane using existing gas lines. When power is lost to the home, a standby generator automatically turns on – homeowners do not need to be present to start or refuel the generator.
Depending on power needs, a standby generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems in a home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems and more. To get in touch with your local KOHLER representative, enter your ZIP code here. Visit www.KohlerGenerators.com for informational videos, sizing calculators and other helpful information about portable and automatic standby generators.