Power Outages In Indiana Are Common In Winter: A Home Preparation Guide

It may not be a big deal for most people if the power goes out for an hour or so, but are you prepared to be without electricity for a more extended period of time? Power outages in Indiana are fairly common; preparing your home in advance is the best way to keep your family safe and comfortable, even if the rest of the neighborhood is dark.

Power outages can be more than just inconvenient, they can also be dangerous or expensive. What if your home has no heat for several days in the middle of winter? What if you have to throw away all of the food in the refrigerator and freezer? Taking a few simple preparation steps can help you minimize risk and expense:

  • Keep flashlights and fresh batteries on hand at all times.
  • Move food from the refrigerator to coolers packed with ice in an extended power outage.
  • Keep enough fresh water on hand for your entire family for three days.
  • Consider keeping a propane heater for power outages in cold weather.
  • Have a first aid kit and other emergency supplies prepared in advance.
  • Turn off appliances, computers and televisions to avoid a power surge when the electricity comes back on.

While it is good to be prepared, many of these measures can be avoided if you have a whole-house generator. When the power goes out, the generator senses it and turns on automatically, often within minutes. Depending on the size of the generator, you can power lights, appliances, your heating and cooling system and several other circuits.

Whole-house generators run on the fuel supply that you already use for your heating system, so you don’t have to store gasoline or other fuels for portable generators. You also don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide or noxious fumes with a whole-house system.

For more home preparation tips, or to purchase a home generator, call the professionals at Paitson Bros. in Terre Haute. We’ll help you select the right size so you’ll have power for all of the essentials, and even some of the luxuries.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about power outages and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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