Do you have a plan for when the lights go out? Power outages happen. If you’ve lived here any length of time at all, you’ve probably lived through one or maybe several. The thing is most people who live in the area just take them as they come. They don’t spend much time thinking about or planning for how they’ll deal with the next outage. This sees them in reaction mode instead of being proactive.
There’s a better way, and in this article, we’ll talk about that better way. To give you a preview, it involves taking advantage of our Generac generator installation service in Great Falls, VA. Before we talk about that, though, let’s spend some time talking about how most people deal with an outage. Generally speaking, there are three common responses people gravitate to in the face of an outage. These are:
At first glance, those responses make sense, but as you’ll see when we start talking about them in more detail, all three of them have serious problems and drawbacks. Let’s take a closer look:
Riding It Out – The big problem here is that when an outage begins, there’s often no clear endpoint in sight. Often, the utility company won’t know exactly when they’ll be able to restore your power, and even if you find an estimate, it’s just that. A guess. Subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Riding it out can work if the outage doesn’t last very long, but essentially this is a roll of the dice. With no clear way of knowing, maybe it will work out in your favor, and maybe it won’t. One thing to understand, though, is that it won’t be like camping in your living room.
Modern homes need power to function at even a basic level. You won’t have lights, so when the sun goes down unless you’ve got a flashlight and lots of extra batteries, that’s it for the day—no way to cook your food or make coffee. No alarm clock to get you to work on time, no internet, and of course, no way to charge your phone. Oh, and forget about flushing the toilet, too, and taking a shower.
So if the power comes back on in 1-2 days, you can maybe get by under those conditions. By day three, though, your home is going to become a genuine health hazard, and it’s only going to get worse from there. It’s just not a good strategy.
Staying With Family and Friends – Benjamin Franklin summed up the big weakness of this approach when he said: “Fish and visitors smell after three days.”
Your friends and family will probably take you in if they have power and you don’t, but even if they’ve got lots of space, that kind of thing is GOING to strain your relationship.
Over the years, as we’ve performed Generac generator installations in Great Falls, VA for various clients, we’ve heard lots of horror stories about friends and family members who no longer speak because of too much time spent piled on top of each other during an outage that ran on for a long time. Do you really want to risk your most important relationships? Most people conclude that it’s just not worth it.
Finally, there’s the idea of staying at a hotel. That can work if you can find one close enough to town and your job to make the commute even vaguely possible, but there are issues here too.
First and foremost, there’s the simple fact that you’re not the only person in town who’s thinking along those lines. The area hotels are going to fill up quickly, and the hotel managers are almost certainly going to raise their rates, just like they always do during holidays, other outages, or when anything happens that boosts the demand of the rooms they have available.
If you can find a place, then you’ll pay a hefty premium for it, and the longer the outage lasts, you could wind up spending a fortune. In fact, you may even wind up spending more than you would have if you’d purchased a properly sized generator and taken advantage of our Generac generator installation service in Great Falls, VA, which would have allowed you to ride out the outage at home and without missing a beat.
Let’s talk more about generators then. They’re a sensible, cost-effective solution to a problem you’ll have a 100% chance of dealing with. It’s not a question of if another outage will occur, it’s simply a matter of when.
We are the region’s top-rated electrician, and we carry a full line of world-class generators. If you’re interested in guarding against all future outages, we’ll be happy to help you select the best generator for your home and your specific needs and install it for you.
Even better, taking advantage of our Generac generator installation service in Great Falls, VA also means that you get a quick, free crash course in how to use it, and best of all, if you like, we can even put your new generator on our preventive maintenance program.
Doing so allows our skilled technicians to put their expert hands and eyes on your equipment at regular intervals to make sure that when you need it, it just works. At the end of the day, that’s what people want from their generators. They just have to work when you turn them on. That’s what gives you peace of mind and the ability to ride out any outage in comfort and style.
Buying a generator, though, is a bit more involved than you might think. You don’t want to just go out and spend money. If you do, you’ll probably wind up with a generator that’s too small to be genuinely useful. However, it’s possible you can go the other way and spend a ridiculous amount of money buying vastly more generating power than you need.
Rather than doing that, we recommend beginning with a home energy audit. That’s something you can conduct yourself, or if you’d rather outsource the duty, we’ll be happy to do it for you. In a nutshell, a home energy audit is simply a walkthrough of your house where either you or we will carefully document every electrical appliance you have and how much power each appliance uses.
This gives you a snapshot of your monthly energy usage.
Now, obviously during an outage, you won’t be running absolutely every appliance you have all the time, so this is just the starting point. Once you’ve got a snapshot of how much power your household consumes in aggregate, you can sit down with that list and start making hard decisions about which appliances are essential and which ones you can afford to run without until the outage runs its course.
This gives you a smaller, pared down number that represents the total amount of energy generating capacity you need, and that is how you ‘right size’ a generator for your home.
Once you’ve made those decisions, we can look at your final energy usage list and make a professional recommendation. Then, assuming you’re comfortable with our recommendation, we can come out and perform our Generac generator installation service in your Great Falls, VA home, instruct you on how to use your new generator, and as we mentioned, if you like, put your generator on our preventive maintenance program.
If, for whatever reason, you decide you don’t want to make use of the world-class Generac generators we carry, you’ll find scores of other makes, models, and brands available online. While we can install all major generator brands, we carry Generac generators for a reason. We simply regard them as being among the best in the industry.
If you reach a different conclusion, though, you’ll find plenty of other options out there. Whatever you decide, when you’re ready to make a purchase and have your new generator installed, just give us a call.