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Here’s Why You Might Want to Consider a Generator Installation

natural-gas-generatorHave you ever given consideration to a home generator installation in Los Angeles, CA? If you haven’t, that’s not much of a surprise. Homeowners in Southern California don’t often consider the usefulness of a backup generator because this area doesn’t sustain the weather disasters usually associated with power outages, such as snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Backup generators are something we tend to think the unfortunate folks on the East Coast and the frigid Midwest need to worry about, and they aren’t a major necessity here in Sunny So Cal.

We’re glad that we don’t have to deal with blizzards and massive storms. But we aren’t trouble-free, either, and there are situations where having a generator in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is an incredible help.

Whole-Home Generators—Not Portable Generators

First, we’d need to be more specific about terms: the type of generator we’re discussing is a whole-house generator, a permanent installation placed outside the house and wired directly to the electrical system. Portable generators can serve a function, but it’s usually not to power an entire house during a power-outage. They’re best for camping or emergency use in a vehicle. A whole-house generator can run from natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel, and offers a level of electric voltage and long-term use that portable generators can’t match.

Some Benefits of a Whole-House Generator

Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley can experience power outages because of problems with a grid or due to one of our own natural disasters (such as earthquakes). In these situations, you don’t have to endure any period of power loss in your home if you have a professionally installed back-up generator.

  • Power comes on automatically: Most whole-house generators are automatic, which means they detect when there’s a loss of power and turn immediately themselves on. You don’t have to worry about going out at night to try and activate the generator or about times you’re away from home.
  • Keep cool in the intense heat: In most parts of the country where generators are common, people are most likely to use them during winter outages to keep their heating systems running. In Southern California, the situation tends to be the reverse: when intense heat can lead to health hazards, a generator will see that a sudden power loss won’t cut off your vital air conditioning!
  • Protect people who rely on powered medical equipment: Are there people in your home who rely on oxygen breathers or other life-sustaining powered devices? Having a backup generator is one of the best “insurance policies” you can have. You’ll know your loved ones will always have the power necessary to keep their equipment running in case of a power outage, no matter how long or short it may be.

It’s essential to have expert electricians install a backup generator for a house. Only professionals will know how to correctly match the home’s needs with the generator’s power supply. You can entrust our team to handle putting in a new whole-house generator, as well as future maintenance and repair services.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical has served Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley since 1990.

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