This past summer, my local area got hit by a giant storm.
The high winds knocked down branches & trees.
There was wide-spread flooding & power outages. The rain made it impossible to open with windows, & the outside temperature was in the high eighties. With no electricity, we couldn’t run the cooling system or even box fans, & the house was horribly overheated & clammy. The windows panes were fogged over with condensate running down them. I was always trying to get rid of mold & mildew growth, but it was hard without running water. The two of us couldn’t take showers, flush toilets, use the toaster, run the Dunkin Donuts Coffee maker or watch TV, but our sump pump wasn’t operational so the basement flooded, causing a good deal of injure & expense. All of the perishables in the refrigerator & freezer spoiled. The power outage was seriously uncomfortable, inconvenient & costly. The two of us were lucky the power outage happened over the Summer rather than the winter. Our local area gets temperatures down to twenty-5 below zero with bitter windchill, tons of snow & blizzard conditions, local schools & dealers are often closed due to the weather & occasionally there is a driving ban. Being stuck at house in those types of conditions without a working gas furnace would be a nightmare. There would be a actually real option of the water pipes chilly & bursting. Without heat, my family might not be able to stay in the house. Because of this fear, I invested into a permanently installed standby generator that can power the whole house. It automatically starts up in the event of an outage & allows us to be able to operate the gas furnace, cooling system, sump pump, water gas furnace & all of our essential appliances.