We believe that purchasing a reliable standby generator for your home is an excellent investment that will protect you from unexpected electrical outages. This is no trivial matter since losing power in the winter can be dangerous. We\u2019ll show you all the reasons to supplement your electrical system with a backup generator.\r\nWhy Should You Buy a Standby Generator?\r\nFirst, let\u2019s explain what we mean by having a backup generator. Teague Electric supplies and install two types of generators: portable and standby. Both serve an emergency purpose in case you lose power.\r\n\r\nThere are many reasons to get one for your Kansas City home.\r\n\r\nThey automatically detect power outages, and help you ride out a difficult thunderstorm even when your neighbors lose electricity.\r\nYou can continue running essential electrical items like emergency medical equipment.\r\nYou won\u2019t lose an entire refrigerator\u2019s worth of food after multiple hours without power.\r\nYour sump pump will continue to run, which is a big deal if a rainy thunderstorm threatens to flood your home.\r\nGenerators help keep everybody calm and less frustrated (especially children).\r\nThey have automatic switch features, so you won\u2019t have to do any difficult troubleshooting in the dark.\r\nHow Does the Installation Process Work?\r\nThe installation process usually lasts about two days with about a day of power outage to configure everything. Generators need to go in your backyard, per Kansas City ordinances. When we visit your home, we\u2019ll need access to both the gas and power lines in order to hook it up properly.\r\n\r\nThe good news is that once we install it, there\u2019s not much upkeep or maintenance necessary. We recommend periodically inspecting the 15-minute cycling checks the generator makes. One of our electricians can show you how to monitor it, but it\u2019s pretty easy to handle.\r\n\r\nFor more information on this subject, we refer you to our previous post where Jimmy England explains the home generator installation process in more detail.\r\nOther Important Electrical Upgrades to Consider\r\nPerhaps you already have a fully reinforced electrical system, including backup resources. We have some other suggestions that could help you further bolster your home\u2019s electrical framework.\r\n\r\nPanel Upgrades\r\nThere are certain risk factors that make your home more vulnerable to surges and outages. Outdated panels (usually in older homes) are a common culprit. By replacing older equipment, you can reduce the chance of an outage, and make your home safer against shocks and electrical fires.\r\nLighting Control\r\nIf your home has modern wiring, panels, and a backup generator, then you may be after more energy efficient lighting. One of our most popular service calls comes from customers wanting more LED lights, which are several times better than halogen or incandescent bulbs for energy savings.\r\nHome Theaters\r\nTeague Electric also specializes in home entertainment. You won\u2019t believe what it\u2019s possible to do with 3D and 4K projections, not to mention outstanding comprehensive surround sound systems. Once you see what this can do for you, you\u2019ll never need to visit a movie theater again.\r\n\r\nIn summation, we view these as wise investments that will pay off in the long run. They\u2019re not cheap, but they pay for themselves when you get to enjoy better energy efficiency and peace of mind with fewer safety risks.\r\nGet Your New Standby Generator with Teague Electric\r\nIt should come as no surprise that you would want to install your new generator with a professional firm like Teague Electric. Our licensed electricians can help you with any brand of portable or permanent generators. Especially for standby generators, this ensures you won\u2019t run into unexpected trouble like improper wiring.\r\n\r\nYou can depend on our service workmanship because we have a consistent track record, according to numerous clients throughout Kansas City. We\u2019re also a Kohler-authorized dealer, making us one of the best contractors for installing equipment from this popular manufacturer.\r\n\r\nIf you want to invest in a new standby generator, then contact us today to find out more.