Why You Need a Generator During a Hurricane

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Over the past few years tropical storms and major weather have become much more common, and have put many Tampa area homeowners on guard. Which is very good—caution and preparation are the keys to a safe home, and at Hoffman Electrical we like to do all we can to help our clients be ready for anything.

Last month we touched on the basics of hurricane and flooding safety, covering both electrical safety and a bit on overall preparedness. Today we’d like to go a step further with one specific point from that post: how a home generator can help you stay safe and comfortable.

Interested in learning more about whole-home generator systems, or ready to equip your home with a top-class Generac generator? Contact Hoffman Electrical online today!

Why Backup Power Is So Important

There’s convenience, of course. Keeping your lights on, HVAC systems running, and television in working order are all great benefits to being equipped with a generator system. But in the end the true and vital benefits are those based in both safety, and in cost prevention.

Generators add considerable safety benefits to an equipped home. Lights on means no slipping or falling, and being able to react with accuracy in a time of crisis. Keeping food from spoiling is important, too, both in a cost perspective and a practical one. And televisions and radios in working order help you to keep tuned-in to crucial details of the current situation.

But the bottom line is this: you never know how long you’ll have to go without power.

Outages in Tampa and St. Petersburg can be as brief as a couple of hours, but they’re similarly likely to be out for days, weeks, or even more if local power supply has been damaged severely. During this time life must go on, and that means cooking, cleaning, being comfortable, and being capable of performing simple daily tasks, all of which require electrical power.

Whole-Home Generators Are Ideal for the Gulf Coast Area

A portable generator is a really decent idea, and can help you keep a vital part of your home working under poor conditions. But a whole-home generator system is 10 steps better. Whole-home systems can power lights, HVAC, kitchens, even more—helping you stay plugged up and distress-free even in the worst weather. And around here (especially in recent years), that means a lot.

The Benefits of a Whole-Home Generator

With a new whole-home standby generator you can expect a lot of benefits:

  • Instant access to electrical power. A whole-home system is linked to your home and set up to operate either completely automatically and instantly, or at the mere flick of a switch. No time wasted and no stress, just quick access.
  • Safe power. Standby generators burn clean fuel and operate without you having to manually hook up and power them, saving you the risks of dealing with dangerous electricity in the middle of a major storm.
  • Functional longevity. Power going to be out for a couple of hours? Days? More? Doesn’t matter! As long as the system stays fueled, you stay in electrical access for as long as you need it.

Install a Home Standby Generator with Hoffman Electrical

Whether you want power restored automatically (without power loss delay) or you have a portable generator that you would like to use with a manual transfer switch, Hoffman Electrical can provide you with the generator and transfer switch wiring that you need. It doesn’t matter what sort of generator issue you are having, give us a call if you live in the Clearwater area. Whether you want to install a new generator or repair and maintain an older one, Hoffman Electrical can help.

Contact us today to schedule your home standby generator service from Hoffman Electrical! We have been servicing the Tampa area since 1989!