If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of backup generators – but should you really invest in one? This guide helps you weigh the pros and cons.

Should You Get a Generator?

With weather extremes hitting all-time highs, it may be time for you to invest in a backup generator. Storms, excessive heat and all kinds of other problems can lead to a power outage in your home. However, not all generators are created equal – and many are much more expensive than others are.

Check out these three reasons you may want to invest in a generator:

  1. A generator can save all the food in your refrigerator. Food goes bad very quickly when the power goes out, and the last thing you want to do is lose a few hundred dollars’ worth of all your groceries. In fact, the USDA recommends throwing out all the perishable foods in the fridge after just four hours without power.
  2. If you use a well for your water, you need a way to get your water when the power goes out. Municipal water systems are pressurized, which means you’ll get water even if there’s no electricity – but when you’re on a well with an electric pump, you’re out of luck when there’s no power.
  3. If you have a sump pump in your basement, you may need a generator. Your pump needs electricity to function – but during storms (when basements tend to flood), the power can go out.

Are There Cons to Getting a Generator?

Like any other big investment, there are some “cons,” as well. One big drawback is how expensive most generators are; even a small generator may cost more than you’d like to spend. Another con? Your generator has to have fuel; if you don’t have fuel, you may as well not have the generator at all. Most generators require professional installation, too, so unless you’re pretty handy, you may need to hire an expert to get up and running.

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