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Have You Considered Buying a Storm Generator for Your Home? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

< img src =”small orange generator.jpg” alt = "small orange power generator for household use” > Having a secondary source of electricity, like a generator, can come in handy during extended power outages. Alway be prepared for severe weather!

Thunderstorms are rather unpredictable, but there is one thing to be certain about with them: They will always occur—and when they do, the chance of a power outage is quite high. In fact, in recent years, the occurrence of power outages related to weather has increased nearly 70% according to the nonprofit Climate Central. Because of this level of frequency, more people are considering buying storm generators than ever before.

However, a storm generator is not something to buy on a whim. There are a multitude of options, fuel types and price brackets to choose from, and it is important to do your research to find the right model for your household. Below, we have some helpful things to consider if you are thinking about buying a storm generator.

What to Consider When Buying a Storm Generator

- Determine What You Need it For - Storm generators are an example of a product you can spend as much as you would like to on. There are expensive, permanent models that can power your whole home, as well as more affordable, portable models that may power one appliance or a few outlets. If you are considering a generator, determine what your household would actually “need” to power in an emergency to give you an idea of the type to pursue.

- Make Sure You Have a Safe Place to Run It - The majority of storm generators are powered with diesel or gasoline, which means that they put off fumes when they are in use. Never use a generator inside your home, as it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you have a place at least 20 feet away from any doors or windows to place your generator when it is in use.

- Know the Wattage of Your Necessary Items - If you want a generator for keeping your fridge and microwave operational, that will carry much different power requirements than one that is simply used to charge phones. Make sure you know the wattage of the items you will want to use so you can purchase a generator that is powerful enough to be of use.

*If you sustain damage to your home or business during severe weather or storm events, you can depend on SERVPRO of Marietta West. Get in touch today at(770) 428-5467 or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com to learn about our residential and commercial storm restoration and cleanup services.

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