We all have a tendency to take for granted the simple process of flipping on a light from a light switch or using the ice maker to cool our favorite beverage. We prepare dinner with an easy turn of the dial on the oven or slip our food in the microwave to heat it up. Most of us live in an environment where the room temperature is always at a comfortable level. However, more times than we care to count, that luxury has been compromised by power outages due to mother nature.
Do you remember the wind storm that befell Louisville in September 2008 as a result of Hurricane Ike? According to WHAS, we had 50 mph winds with gusts over 70 mph. Approximately 1,100 electrical wires were down and more than 300,000 people were without power.
In January 2009, an ice storm hit Kentuckiana causing the largest power outage on record with 609,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Falling trees and limbs on power lines and ice weighing down power lines caused widespread destruction. It took up to 10 days to get everyone’s power back on.
And, just a few months ago, thunderstorms caused approximately 50,000 customers to lose their electricity.
The detrimental consequences of a power outage are easy to visualize. Flooded basements, frozen pipes, spoiled food, mold infiltration, loss of contact and so much more. Maeser, however, has a solution to unforeseen power outages and that is the whole-house backup generator. When the power goes out, the whole-house generator goes on automatically whether you are home or away, then turns itself off when utility power is restored. This electrical backup system protects your home and family 24 hours a day and is designed to supply power directly to the electrical circuit breaker box in your home.
When deciding on what size generator you may need, it is best to determine what your family would need in the case of a power outage. The generator is matched with a transfer switch that contains a predetermined number of circuits. Each circuit is directly connected to its paired circuit on the main circuit breaker panel in your home, resulting in electricity to certain appliances or area of your house.
As a homeowner, you can understand the advantages of an automatic whole-house generator. Planning for unpredictable weather and other unforeseen outages brings you peace of mind and protection for your home and your assets, whether it’s for a few hours or for weeks.
New home construction or renovations requiring electrical modifications are the ideal time to consider a backup power system. Call our home-comfort experts today to discuss how you can gain control of the power in your home.