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Does Your Home Need a Backup Generator?


Living in the Great White North means living with some not-so-great temperatures. Summertime brings rolling brownouts and winter outages can be downright disastrous. This has a lot of our customers wondering if they should invest in a backup generator for their home. If you’re wondering the same thing, this article is for you!

What You Risk in an Outage

In determining whether you need a backup generator, it’s important to recognize what exactly is impacted by electrical outages:

  • Loss of internet, television.
  • Refrigerators and freezers lose power, resulting in food spoilage.
  • Loss of heat and air conditioning.
  • No indoor or outdoor lighting.
  • Expenses incurred from dining out, property damage, and overnight stays.

For families with children, home businesses, and medical equipment that relies on electricity, the risk of an outage is worth preparing for.

Connected to the Heart of Your Family

Standby or backup generators offer an effective solution to extended outages. They are installed permanently on a concrete pad in your yard, providing uninterrupted backup for as long as your family needs. Connected directly to your home’s electrical panel and powered by an external fuel supply, your generator will be there for you and your family as soon as you need it. There are different sizes and models available to fit any house.

Keeping You Safe and Warm

In many cases, outages don’t just affect your home, they are impacting your entire neighbourhood. That’s why generators are specially designed with an automatic transfer switch. This switch disconnects you from your utility as soon as it detects an interruption in service. Once your home is successfully disconnected, the switch will transfer the generator’s power to your home’s electrical panel. When municipal power comes back on, the switch shuts down the generator and reconnects to the grid. This is an incredibly important feature for two reasons: there is virtually no moment where your home is without electricity, and the mechanism prevents back-feeding electricity to the grid.

The choice to purchase a backup generator is entirely up to you, but the factors we’ve mentioned above are important to consider in your decision. If you want to know more about generators for your home, call us today at (403) 248-0037.

Written by 4-Star Electric

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