Power outages are inconvenient at best and life-threatening at worst, and you're likely to experience them no matter where you live. In 2011, fourteen storms caused power problems for a staggering 2.8 million people. An outage in the middle of a Chicago summer means no AC for hours, and that same outage could have a dangerous effect on a family member or loved one who depends on electricity for medical equipment. For example, dialysis machines and ventilators both need to be plugged in. Stay prepared for power outages by investing in a whole-home generator.
Whole-home generators make it easy to switch to off-grid power in the event of an outage.
They turn on automatically, so when the power goes out all you have to do is
wait a few seconds for your generator to restore power to your home. They're
wired to your home the same way grid power is, so you don't need to hook
anything up; you experience generator power the same way you experience grid
power. On top of all that, they run on either propane or natural gas, so you
don't have to worry about running out of fuel any time soon.
The infographic below, originally published by Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc., has valuable
information on whole-home generators. You can find out more about whole-home generators, Illinois' power outage information from 2014, and how to
choose the right whole-home generator. You'll also learn which appliances eat
up the most wattage, so you can more accurately determine what you need in a