Why Do I Need a Whole-House Generator?

team installing a whole-home generator.

Power outages are becoming increasingly common in the United States.

Is your Central Illinois home prepared for one?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electricity customers lost over eight hours of power on average in 2020 and seven hours in 2021.

That’s nearly double the amount compared to 2015 and 2016. Most of it is driven by extreme weather.

MB Heating and Cooling has a practical solution to keep your power on regardless of the weather. We recommend installing a whole-house generator to keep your family safe and protect your Mt. Pulaski home when you need it most.

Generators Are Easy to Install, Convenient to Use

Whole-house generators go outside the home and connect to a natural gas line. You can also purchase generators powered by propane or diesel fuel.

Our team at MB Heating and Cooling will find the best location for your generator that allows for an electrical and fuel source connection. We can also help you determine capacity based on your needs.

Once installed, the generator works automatically. When the unit detects energy loss, it switches on automatically and powers your home’s electrical circuits until the utility company restores electricity. A transfer switch enables it to return to standby mode when the power returns—even when you are not home. 

Nor will you need to worry about the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from having a portable generator too close to your Mt. Pulaski home.

At least 770 people in the U.S. died of CO poisoning while using portable generators between 2011 and 2021, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Carbon monoxide can kill you in as little as five minutes.

Generators Are a Lifesaver

A well-maintained whole-house generator will last for decades, depending on the model. Regular maintenance will ensure you get the most value from your generator.

A standby generator becomes a lifesaver in a power outage if anyone in your Mt. Pulaski household is dependent on electricity for medical equipment.

Food can stay frozen on average for 36 to 40 hours in a freezer, but you need to keep the door closed. A generator avoids this potential problem if the power outage should last more than a few days.

A standby generator supplies the electricity you need to run your laptop, entertainment console, and security system. It also protects your electronics from a sudden outage.

Most power outages occur in the fall or winter. A generator can help prevent your pipes from freezing by supplying the electricity you need to run your furnace. A gas furnace will not run during a power outage.

Power outages are not likely to go away anytime soon. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation on how a generator can benefit your home.

Protect Your Home Today

MB Heating and Cooling is your hometown company in Mt. Pulaski, IL, and surrounding areas for all your heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing services. We install, service, and repair whole-house generators of all makes and models. Call us today at 217-544-4328 or request service online.

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