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The Benefits of a Generator


You already have a central AC unit, a furnace, or a ductless mini-split. But are you missing something that can supplement your HVAC system? The benefits of a generator are huge for homeowners. Inclement weather, such as blustery winds, heavy rain, and thunderstorms, all increase the possibility that your home may lose power. In times of power outages, your electricity may come back on after a few minutes. But what if it doesn’t? If there is a severe outage or the power grid fails, as in the case of much of Texas during a winter storm in 2021, it’s important to have a backup plan … such as a backup generator. In this article, we’ll talk about the major benefits of a generator, whether or not you think you need one.

Lighting & Powering Your Home During Blackouts

When a storm or power grid failure causes your electricity to go out, this can be more than a major inconvenience. It can also be dangerous — especially during the nighttime, when you’re unable to turn on any light switches.

Before lighting your fireplace and every candle in sight, there is a surefire way to bring your power back — and that’s one of the main benefits of a generator. Keeping a generator on hand for these times of emergency is helpful, so you can provide enough light to resume life “as normal.” Even a small gas-powered generator can be helpful; you may choose to power just “the basics” or just one small space in your home. Of course, you may also choose to invest in a standby home generator or a whole-house generator, which will minimize any disturbances due to power failures. At Blanton’s, we’re big fans of these generators. Read on to learn why.

Convenient To Use

Generators used to be bulky, clunky, and hard to use. Not anymore! Unlike a portable gas generator, a standby home generator from Blanton’s Air in the Fayetteville and Raleigh, NC, area is hands-down the most convenient generator to use. When a generator, such as Generac, is installed at your home, this standby generator will run solely on natural gas or liquid propane — which means that you’ll never have to stock up on gasoline to keep it running.

Additionally, a standby Generac generator turns on automatically the minute your home loses electricity … and then quickly shuts off and reenters standby mode when your utility power is restored. This is the perfect way to have power when you need it the most and also a great way to have an efficient generator at your home, without using an excessive amount of unnecessary energy, dealing with setup and takedown, or navigating safety concerns.

Minimizes Disturbances To Your Routine

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of a generator is to ensure that you have electricity when the power fails. Gas generators will keep the lights on (and the refrigerator running), but they require setup, and they must be placed outside, far from your home. This means you’ll have to trek outside, in potentially dangerous storm conditions, to power your home. But a Generac generator from Blanton’s will keep your home humming without you needing to lift a finger. Smart technology turns the generator on when it’s needed and shuts it down when the power grid comes back on. Your cellphones will stay charged, your refrigerated food won’t spoil, and you won’t even have to light a single candle (unless you want to; those aromatherapy ones are nice).

They’re Unobtrusive

Some owners fear that a generator unit will take up a large piece of “real estate” on their property. Happily, that couldn’t be further from the truth. When you have a standby home generator installed, the unit will take up no more room than the hub of your AC unit. And the team of professional technicians at Blanton’s will work with you to choose the ideal location, ensuring your standby home generator won’t be an eyesore to you or your neighbors.

They Provide Peace of Mind

If the power goes out when you’re away from home, such as on a vacation or running errands at night, a generator will keep your porch lights or street-facing lamps light. This, of course, gives the appearance that your home is currently occupied, reducing the risk of break-ins, trespassing, or burglaries.

Most homeowners think the benefits of a generator are just for the occasional thunderstorm blackout or for camping adventures. But as you’ve read, a standby home generator pulls through at all times when your home loses power. Not only will this unit keep the lights on, but it will also do so without missing a beat or requiring manual labor from you. The electricity in your neighborhood could be out, but with a standby generator, your home won’t lose power for one minute, which will keep your home and family out of harm’s way.

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