What did people do before electricity? That question is more easily answered by what they didn’t do: they did not keep their food from spoiling by having it refrigerated or frozen; they did not keep cool during the summer; and they did not get news, warnings, and other vital information through the airwaves or the internet.
Though that time is now long past, far too many Corpus Christi homeowners are still intimately familiar with what it’s like to have no electricity. It seems like power outages are becoming more common these days, with 3.5 million people in the U.S. experiencing a power outage during an average week (according to the Electric Power Research Institute). And with the approach of hurricane season comes the possibility of extended power outages, with all the costs and inconveniences they bring.
To keep from getting left in the dark, you should consider installing a backup generator.
Many people are familiar with portable, gasoline-powered generators, which are noisy, require regular refueling and maintenance, and can be prone to surges. Backup generators are much more effective and convenient. They run on natural gas from your home’s gas line, meaning they never have to be refueled. They never have to be started, either; backup generators turn themselves on as soon as the electricity goes out, and automatically shut themselves off when power is restored.
There are three main types of backup generators:
- Whole house generators, as the name suggests, are large enough to power the whole house.
- Essential circuit generators are smaller and cheaper, but power only the parts of the house are considered essential.
- Smart circuit generators are not much bigger than essential models, but they are able to switch between powering different circuits as needed. This allows them, for example, to run the air conditioner until the house is cool, and then power the kitchen to keep the freezer from thawing.
To learn more about what backup generators are available for your Corpus Christi home, contact us at Mathews CCAC Air Conditioning today. We can help you determine what size and type of generator will work best for your home and budget.
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