We’re all familiar with the mercurial nature of Texas weather. And when a massive thunderstorm, tornado, or hail storm comes barrelling across that our beautiful skies, it often means we’re stuck without power for hours, days, or even weeks. But if you’re one of a growing number of homeowners who’ve opted to install a standby generator, losing power doesn’t necessarily mean losing the comforts of home—including the all-important HVAC system.
Generators are Standing By…
OK, so that’s not exactly how the old line goes, but the truth is that a standby generator—not to be confused with an emergency or portable generator—really does live up to its name, providing continuous power when your main power source fails and keeping not only the lights on and your refrigerator running, but your HVAC system humming along.
Unlike their smaller, portable cousins, standby generators are installed in a fixed location near your home. They’re sized to meet the power demands of your home and family, and since they run on propane or natural gas and feature both automatic and manual controls, they’re often a touchless solution to the frustrating problem of losing power.
The Benefits of a Standby Generator
Having a standby generator can help you avoid a sizable number of potential problems—including wasted money from spoiled food, a flooded basement, or serious hotel expenses from having to live away from home until the power’s restored.
Also, without the need to store, maintain, and run a gasoline-fueled standalone engine (aka a portable generator), you’ll be reducing the associated risks to your home and family. And because many models integrate with your home’s Internet service, you can remotely monitor and manage your generator from a phone or other device even when you’re not home.
But one of the most important benefits of having a standby generator for your home is the ability to maintain climate control even if the power goes out. That means you’ll stay cool in the punishing Texas summer and cozy during our mild winters—without having to pull up stakes and head to a friend’s house or a pricy hotel.
Keeping the A/C or heat running also means that those of you who need air quality management to combat allergies, respiratory diseases such as emphysema, or environmental sensitivities can continue to live, work, and play at home, without putting your health or safety at risk.
The first step to keeping the lights shining bright and your family breathing easy is to talk to a professional about the right standby generator for you. One of the best folks you can discuss your emergency generator needs with is your local HVAC expert. They can not only provide insight on the power needs associated with running your HVAC system at peak efficiency and comfort, but will have useful referrals for a trusted electrical professional in your area—or might even offer generator services themselves.