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When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.


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Two Reasons A Standby Generator Is The Ideal Choice For A Backup Power Supply

by Alice Howard

The electrical grid is old in many places and that means it can easily break down during a storm or other natural disaster. Being without power for a short time is bad enough, but if the outage extends for days or even longer, your life can quickly become miserable. You can even sustain a financial loss if you lose all the food in your freezer and refrigerator. Even worse, your health could be affected during a power failure in very hot or cold weather. Buying a generator for such an occasion is a good idea, especially if you live in an area where storms are frequent or where power often goes out. Among all the choices in generators, standby generators are probably the best type you can buy. Here's why:

A Standby Generator Turns On And Off Automatically

Since you can never know when a power outage will occur or how long it will last, it's nice to have a generator that comes on by itself as soon as the power goes out. This protects the food in your refrigerator when you are away from home. Plus, it saves you from having to go outside in the middle of the night to set up a portable generator. A standby generator sits near your home just like an outdoor AC condenser. The generator connects to your electrical system and it senses when the power goes out, which signals it to turn on. The generator is powered by natural gas so it can run when there is no power and there are no batteries to drain down. This could be very important if you rely on medical equipment such as a CPAP machine or ventilator and need a constant supply of electricity for medical reasons.

It Avoids Problems Associated With Gasoline Use

Portable generators generally use gasoline to operate although some can use solar energy. Gas generators are the most common and most affordable type of emergency power supply, but the problem is the need to get and store gas. In the case of a bad storm or some other disaster, it might be difficult to get gas easily. Lines might be long and gas could even be rationed. You may go through several gallons of gas a day if you want to power your refrigerator, lights, and a window air conditioner. Keeping supplied with gas and storing it can become a problem. Also, generators that rely on gasoline emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. If the generator is mistakenly put inside a garage or placed too close to the house, the fumes could leak inside and harm you. Gas-powered generators can be dangerous if you don't use them properly, but that problem is eliminated when you use a standby generator that is connected to a natural gas line.

A standby generator costs more and it must be installed by a contractor, but it is worth the price for protection during a power outage. If you've ever suffered through a hot summer with no power for several days at a time, you'll understand how important it is to have a reliable source of backup power for your home.