Hurricane season is here but we still have a couple of months to go before we can let our guard down. And even after Hurricane season, the threat of storms persist all year long.
We’ve been lucky on the Northshore and in Metro New Orleans to dodge the past few years of major hurricanes and named storms. But even unnamed storms can cause powerline damage and outages. And not matter what kind of storm it is, you don’t want to run the risk of sitting in a hot and humid home with no A/C for a few days or week(s) this summer.
To save you from suffering through the downfall of civilization in your home, much less having to throw out a fridge or freezer worth of perfectly good food and sweat in your suffocating home while you wait for the lights to come back on, we’ve prepared this home generator guide for you.
1. If You’re Considering Getting a Home Generator, Start Looking at Your Options Now
Ideally, you’d start looking for a home generator before hurricane season starts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start looking now. At Benfatti, where we’ve been working with Northshore and Metro New Orleans homeowners for 30 years, we tell homeowners that whole home backup generators offer 3 main benefits:
Home generators minimize loss
When the power is out for an extended amount of time, that fridge and freezer full of food from your last Costco run is as good as gone. Not only can this cause a physical mess, but a financial mess to your monthly budget. But with a whole home backup generator, you can keep your fridge and freezer running until the utility company comes back on the grid.
Home generators make your home safer
Today, so many baby boomers on the Northshore and in Metro New Orleans are taking care of elderly parents with medical needs. And sometimes those needs require the ‘round the clock use of a medical device. If your loved one literally needs the power to be on 24/7, you just can’t risk a storm knocking out the power that your family member needs for his or her medical device. A whole home generator will keep medical devices running, even when everyone else in the neighborhood is sitting in the dark.
Whole home generators provide you with uninterrupted power – and comfort
We don’t pride ourselves in providing our customers with comfort for nothing. Let’s be honest, it gets hot and humid in the summer on the Northshore and in Metro New Orleans. Now, which sounds worse: (A) sitting in your un-airconditioned home for days while you’re waiting for the power to come back on, or (B) sitting in that same hot home while your kids are complaining they have nothing to do. You’ll take option “C,” right?
Whether it’s providing you with continuous air conditioning so you can stay cool, calm, and collected after a major storm, or keeping your kids entertained when downed trees or powerlines may make you homebound, a whole home generator makes sure you have uninterrupted power and comfort.
2. Consult with Our Technicians About the Type of Home Generator You’ll Need
Many Northshore and Metro New Orleans homeowners don’t realize that there are actually a variety of whole home generators to choose from. In fact, when you call Benfatti to inquire about a generator we perform an eight-part comfort needs assessment to help guide you to the right solution. That might mean that the best option for your family is a standby generator that kicks in when the power goes out, such as from TRANE or HoneyWell, or a liquid cooled generator with more horsepower than your traditional air cooled generator, which can run longer and also power big homes for longer periods of time.
3. Get Your Home Generator Installed Before the Next Big Storm Hits
Whatever our comfort assessment guides you to, make sure to plan that installation right away. We feel absolutely terrible when we quote generators for homeowners who decide to put the purchase off, only to be hit by a long power outage only weeks later. You never know when that next big storm is going to hit, so it’s better to install today so you’re prepared for tomorrow.
Call Us if You Have Any Questions
Whether you’re just thinking about getting a generator, know you need one because of a family member’s medical devices, or are somewhere in between, our comfort specialists are happy to help you wherever you are. Simply call Benfatti at (985) 646-0540 on the Northshore, or (504) 241-3135 in Metro New Orleans today.