4 Benefits of a Whole‑Home Generator in Florida
Whole-home generators are becoming increasingly popular in Florida—even with the price tag for installations. When an installation can range between $5,000 and $13,000, it’s easy to think it may not be worth it.
So, why are so many Floridians still opting to purchase one? The main reason is that generators help homeowners save money and stay comfortable during the turbulent hurricane and storm season. Not having to rely on the grid for power usage during or after a major storm can more than justify the upfront cost.
To help you decide about installing a generator, let’s look at the four main benefits of a whole-home generator. You can:
Remain connected to the Internet for work
Staying connected has become more crucial since more people are working from home. Or perhaps your job requires that you be able to access the Internet at all times.
If so, don’t let power outages stall your productivity and business for even a day. Stay on top of deadlines and communications with a standby generator. Your router and modem will stay on even if your area has no power. The last thing you want to worry about during a power outage is being able to get your paycheck.
Prevent health issues
If a member of your household requires electricity-driven medical equipment, a standby generator can bring peace of mind during the hours or days you don’t have any power, especially if you live in an area where it’s difficult to get to a hospital quickly.
Since whole-home generators automatically turn on when your power gets knocked out, it’s a seamless transition, so you don’t have to worry about rushing to turn on the power manually for any vital medical devices.
Medical devices that standby generators reliably support include:
- Respirators and ventilators
- Devices that help with mobility (e.g., keeping power wheelchairs and scooters charged)
- Oxygen, suction, or home dialysis machines
- Refrigerators, since many medications require refrigeration
Even if household members don’t have health issues that require equipment, people often forget about the risk of heat-related health issues during power outages. Florida’s humidity can be miserable even with air conditioning, let alone without it. A standby generator will keep your AC system on, saving you from the risks of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
After a power outage, you often have to replace all of your perishable food, deal with potentially expensive damage to your home in the form of mold growth or broken appliances. All these costs can add up to one expensive bill. A whole-home generator can keep your fridge/freezer, appliances, electronics, and AC system running and help prevent the costs that can come with power outages.
When your AC system shuts down during a power outage, it’s not cooling and dehumidifying your home anymore. The additional moisture in your home creates optimal conditions for mold growth. According to the EPA, mold grows when relative humidity levels hit 60%.
The state regularly averages 70-80% relative humidity levels, making Florida homes veritable Petri dishes for mold and mildew growth when AC systems can’t dehumidify them. Mold and mildew can cause health issues that can be expensive to treat. A standby generator prevents having to pay for mold remediation or future health issues by keeping your AC running.
Another possible expense of a power outage is having to repair or replace appliances or electronics. Why? Because when the power comes back on after a power outage, a surge occurs. And the sudden jolt of high-voltage power can cause damage to any large appliances left plugged in, such as refrigerators or televisions.
While large appliances could be unplugged ahead of a storm, you may be busy with other preparations, like seeing to the needs of your household. Power outages can be very unpredictable. Installing a whole-home generator can prevent loss of power and damaging power surges to your large appliances automatically, so you won’t have to remember to unplug them.
Increase your home’s value and decrease insurance costs
Installing a whole-home generator can also be a great way to boost the value of your home when you decide to sell it. According to Consumer Reports, adding a generator can increase your home’s value by approximately three to five percent, creating a great return on your investment.
In addition to increasing the value of your home, a standby generator can help you save on home insurance costs. Consumer Reports says that a whole-home generator can reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums by up to five percent.
All in all, a standby generator can significantly save you money over its lifespan and keep your household productive, healthy, and safe.
Ready to install a whole-home generator? Count on Climate Design for top-level, reliable service.
When you hire Climate Design for a whole-home generator installation, you’ll receive a Kohler brand unit, one of the most innovative generator brands on the market. The unit restores your power within ten seconds of a power outage and needs zero refuelings. Your generator will always be ready to turn the power on—and keep it on—when your energy company can’t.
Contact us for an install—we provide service all week long and we’re open until 8pm. Our experienced, licensed electricians are ready to provide you with trustworthy generator recommendations designed to your budget and needs.