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Should you have an emergency generator for your home?

Whether your power was off and on or you lost power for days, you are probably thinking what can I do to prevent this in the future.
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Who would have imagined several inches of snow in Texas? Who was ready for days of rolling blackouts because of the weather? The answer is no one but we did learn a lot of important lessons.

Lesson #1: Texans are not made for the snow.

Lesson #2: We all now know who ERCOT is now.

If you are now very familiar with the name ERCOT then that probably means you experienced the rolling blackouts. Whether your power was off and on or you lost power for days, you are probably thinking what can I do to prevent this in the future. We all hope there isn’t a “next time” but we can be ready with a whole house backup generator. An emergency generator might just be one of those things that you don’t normally need, but when you do need it, you’ll be very glad you have it.

What is a backup generator?

A home generator is a back-up power supply that provides electricity to your home in the event of a utility outage. There are two primary types: standby generators, which have a trigger that’s automatically switched on in the event your main power supply goes out; and backup generators, which also supply emergency power but must be operated manually.

The degree of power offered ranging from just keeping the lights on to powering your whole home at full force, depending on what type and size of unit you buy.

How much does an emergency generator cost?

Similar to air conditioners, emergency generators come in different sizes and different wattages depending on the needs of your home. Prices vary quite a bit between the different sizes, as well as between portable generators and standby generators.

How much power do you need?

To determine the size of emergency generator that best suits your situation and budget, you’ll also have to figure out just how much power you’re going to need. Generator size’s are determine by watts so the higher the watts the more power they offer.

The amount of watts you need with your generator depends on what you want to keep running. Each electrically-powered item in your home requires a certain wattage to turn on (starting or “surge” wattage) as well as to keep running, with about 5,000 watts needed to power your average home.

If you are unsure if you need a backup generator or not sure what size and type give us a call. We can help you figure out what you need to be prepare for the “next time”.

Call Zellner Electric at (830) 515-5953 or send us a messages for all your home backup generator, whole house surge protection or lighting needs in New Braunfels and surrounding areas.


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