In December 2007, Kansas endured a week-long power outage from a huge ice storm. Lizzie was about 6 months old, and we were living with his parents in a beautiful log home. They had a gas-stove and some propane fireplaces, so we thankfully stayed warm and fed. But we were unable to shower. I remember using the showers at the local high school.
You better believe after 2 days the line outside home depot to purchase generators was a mile long! I remember hearing about how Home Depot sold out of portable generators within a few short hours.
If you depend 100% on electricity – no propane stove or fireplaces – how do you eat when the electricity goes out? Standby generators are a necessity. With a generator you once again have access to heat, to making your own food. And if you have one and your friends do not, you will be a super popular person on the block!
I am partnering with Kohler to help you understand more about standby generators so you can be prepared and won’t be caught off guard in extreme weather.
What is a Standby Generator?
A standby generator, which many experts feel is the best option for homeowners or small businesses, permanently connects to your home, similar to a central air-conditioning unit. It runs on propane or natural gas and connects directly to existing fuel lines in the home. When utility power is lost, a standby generator automatically turns on, typically within 10 seconds. You don’t have to be home to operate the unit. Depending on the size, a standby generator can power an entire home or a few key appliances.
Another instance that generators are necessary is the infamous tornado season! Those in the center of the USA know what I am talking about! Just imagine – your power goes out in the middle of a storm. Sure, you have a battery-powered radio, but how do you check in with family and friends if your phone dies? Or what if you forgot to buy more batteries? Having a generator gives you that piece of mind that you will be able to stay connected and accessible. And (even better!) it can be hooked up to run your sump pump (or in my case my well) so you can still shower and use the bathroom even without power! Yeah, that is totally my favorite. In 2007 I missed my indoor plumbing the most.
What to Look For When Selecting a Standby Generator (These are some of the key features found in a Kohler Generator)
If you’re thinking about getting a standby generator, there are a few things you should look for:
- A commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power and can handle heavy loads.
- An attractive design. The unit will be installed outside your home, so looks truly matter.
- Corrosion-resistant housing, which is important in areas with salt water.
- Quiet operation.
- An extended warranty. Look for a standby generator with a minimum five-year warranty.
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FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.