Reasons to consider a generator for your home are all around you: your lights, cooking and refrigeration needs, as well as communications and those high-tech electronics, too. Not to mention your family’s safety and security. Studies show that, even as our dependence on technology has spiraled upwards, the utility grid has become less reliable. Blackouts and brownouts are more common and tend to last longer than ever before utility power is restored. A home without electricity for any length of time these days can be downright inhospitable. In fact, simple power loss may necessitate evacuating the house until the grid comes back up again.
But there’s more than just convenience and comfort at stake. Here are three more good reasons to consider a generator:
- It’s always ready. A backup generator permanently installed behind or beside your home is hardwired directly into your main electrical panel and constantly monitors utility power. When an outage is detected, the system switches home circuits from the grid to the generator, then automatically starts the generator. No action is required by residents to keep electrical power flowing to the house when the grid goes down. A home backup generator typically runs off clean natural gas already piped to your home and not affected by power outages.
- It’s the safer alternative. Small portable generators are designed for recreational use like camping — not to power your household. These gasoline-powered units emit hazardous carbon monoxide gas and must be placed a distance from the house or risk the danger of poisoning occupants. Long extension cords must be strung out — an electrical hazard in stormy weather that often accompanies power outages.
- It offers options. The most basic, lowest output home generator provides sufficient output to accommodate a specified number of critical circuits and keep occupants safe and comfortable. More intelligent units actually track household power use and automatically redistribute output of electricity among various circuits as demand shifts. “Whole-house” generators totally replace utility power and provide full electricity to all circuits.
For more good reasons to consider a generator, ask the experts at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling, Electric and Plumbing.
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.