Angie's List: Investing in Home Generators

By: Danielle Wallace
By: Danielle Wallace

If your home loses power, heating and cooling systems stop working. One of your best bets to protect your family is to buy a home generator. They can cost anywhere from one to ten thousand dollars. But experts say, it's worth it.

Angie Hicks says, "Generators can be a great safety measure in case of a power outage. It can prevent food from spoiling in your home, it can help you do your everyday things, keep pipes from freezing, and if you have any medical equipment, that runs off electricity it can be a lifesaving tool as well."

There are many options for buyers, including portable generators and types for both electric, natural gas powered homes.

Homeowner, Edward Cochran says, "We had a 2,400 watt generator which was enough power to run several lights, we could run the furnace, we could keep the refrigerator cold and we could cook in the microwave."

Since a home generator can serve as a life-line, it's important to have it looked at by a professional.

Hicks also says, " A licensed electrician is the type of contractor you'd hire to install a whole house generator."

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