At some point, your home may lose power for an extended period of time. While not every electronic device is important to power up when the electricity goes out, there are a few things in your home that you will need access to. In these times, it is important to have a home generator to run these devices—and you need one that works.

Cates Heating and Cooling can help residents of the Kansas City Metro Area install their home generators to ensure that they will work properly when the times comes that they are needed.

Why Do You Need a Home Generator?

Humans have come to rely heavily on electricity for almost all our needs, and when a storm or downed power line deprives us of access to electricity, it can be difficult to go about normal daily routines. Without electricity, there is no hot water for a shower, morning coffee, or television news update before work—and that is just a small part of a morning routine.

To be prepared for extended power outages, you can get a home generator that will provide you with supplemental electricity to power specific parts of your home. With each outage, you can select the parts and appliances in your home that will receive power.

What if your power goes out on a 100-degree day? It will quickly be too hot for comfort in your home, but a generator would be able to run the air conditioner for you. The same would be true if the power went out in the middle of a snowstorm. Having heat is invaluable when it is freezing outside.

A generator runs off of fuel or gas and doesn’t need electricity to run, which makes it helpful at times without electricity. The generator generates the power needed to run appliances in your home and transfers it to them. At this point, you can use the appliances as you normally would. You may want to conserve some energy, however, and not turn the heat up as high as you normally would, for example. Cates Heating and Cooling also recommends that you always have extra fuel or gas for your generator just in case you need it.

Types of Home Generators

For use in the home, there are two kinds of generators. The first type, portable generators, are the less expensive option for homeowners. Portable generators run on fuel and must be placed outside your home. Since they don’t work automatically, you will need to start the generator when your power goes out. We recommend that you place portable generators at least 10 feet away from your home to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. A heavy-duty power cord is also required to connect the generator to a power transfer switch.

A more convenient, and more expensive, option is a permanently installed generator. This type of generator will automatically switch on and power selected appliances when the power goes out. These generators are great for power outages, especially if you are not home. Permanently installed generators run on natural gas or propane. Due to the convenience of permanently installed generators, they are pricey. These generators can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000.

Generator Installation

While portable generators won’t require professional installation, permanently installed generators should be installed by a professional to ensure that they work the way you want them to during a power outage. Cates Heating and Cooling can help install permanently installed generators for people living in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Since generators require a natural gas or LP connection and a location outdoors, you may want to let Cates handle all the hard work for you. Call Cates Heating and Cooling for an estimate on a Kansas City Home Generator today at 913-888-4470.