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***10 Signs You Should Invest In A Portable Generator***

OCT 21, 2014

  • Portable generators are very popular these days. If you don’t have one, you’re probably wondering if you should make the investment. For many people, electric generators are an invaluable tool. Check out these ten signs to see if you’re someone who could benefit from a generator!
  • 1. Severe Weather   Thunderstorms, derechoes, hurricanes, ice storms and blizzards – between these severe weather events, nearly everyone in the United States experiences a natural disaster from time to time. A backup generator will keep water, appliances, heating and cooling system and maybe even some entertainment running until crews can get your neighborhood back on the grid.
  •  2. Areas Prone to Sudden Outages   In many parts of the U.S., rolling blackouts or brownouts are common. Other areas have an aging power grid that is prone to sudden failure. In fact, according to an analysis by researchers from MIT, some portions of Thomas Edison’s original power grid – build in the 1880s – are still in use. If you’re in an area where random power outages are common, a portable generator will keep your home up and running.
  • 3. You Need Medical Equipment and Supplies   If you rely on stair lifts, an oxygen machine, or you simply need refrigeration to keep medications cool, an electric generator is essential for preventing a medical mishap.
  • 4. Extreme Temperatures   Some parts of the United States experience blisteringly hot temperatures in the summer while other parts go into a sub-zero deep freeze in the winter. A generator will keeps your heating and cooling system running, even if there’s a power outage during extreme hot or cold weather.    
  • 5. Dealing with Floods   If you live in a low-lying area, then you know that storms that are bad enough to knock out power usually dump enough rain to flood your basement. In these situations, a portable generator can keep your sump pump running so that you can dry your home out quickly.
  • 6. Working at Home   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22-percent of people work out of their homes. If you’re among them, a generator will help your business stay competitive by preventing downtime during power failures.
  • 7. Deal Shoppers   With prices going up all the time, many people buy food in bulk and freeze what they can’t use quickly. During a prolonged outage, you stand to lose those savings if you don’t have a way to keep the freezer running.
  • 8. Home Security   During a widespread power outage, every home on the block turns into an easy mark for thieves. However, if you’re powering your home security system – or even just a couple of lights – with an electric generator, your home will look a lot less inviting to criminals.
  • 9. Recreation   Backup generators aren’t just for power outages. While it’s a great tool for an emergency, it’s also nice to have if you love the great outdoors. With a small generator, you can power electric camping stoves and other amenities to make your weekend camping trips even more enjoyable.
  • 10. Bringing Power to Remote Areas   If you’re a contractor or a landowner, then you know that running extension cords to the furthest reaches of a property is impractical or even impossible. If you’re working in a remote location, bring along a portable generator to power your electric tools.   As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to invest in a generator. While a generator is an essential tool to get you through a power outage, they’re also nice to have around for work and play!

Sources: http://web.mit.edu/seyda/www/Papers/Interfaces_AwardPaper.pdfhttp://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/chart12.pdf

Contact: Monica O’Connor AP Electric & Generators, LLC 8401 102nd St Suite 200 Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 Web: http://www.apelectric.com Email: monica@apelectric.com Phone: (847) 516-8882 Ext 225 Fax: (262) 764-2610