Uses for a Backup Generator in a Natural Disaster
If you’ve weathered a natural disaster like a hurricane, you’re experiencing any number of inconveniences. In fact, you may suddenly find yourself without a roof over your head. If your home remains habitable, but you’ve lost power, a backup generator is likely to come in extremely handy. Power outages in the aftermath of a natural disaster can be considerable, and the potential damages should not be underestimated. If a natural disaster leaves you with property damage, you need an experienced Panama City personal injury attorney on your side.
Your Backup Generator
If you’re without power after a natural disaster, a backup generator can be infinitely useful. To begin, it can provide your home with the light you need to move about and take care of business, but there’s more to it than just that. For example:
- A backup generator can keep your air conditioner working and save you from sweating through the days ahead or the risk of heatstroke.
- A backup generator can keep the food in your refrigerator and freezer safe to eat so that you don’t lose all that food to spoilage, and so that you can continue to cook for yourself at home – rather than eating out every meal or living on junk food (a backup generator can also keep your stove and oven operating).
- A backup generator can keep your sump pump operational. Natural disasters often lead to flooded basements (or worse), and your generator can help protect you from the expensive damage caused by flooding.
Your Wattage Needs
The size of the backup generator you need depends upon the size of your home and your family’s unique needs. To determine your wattage needs before disaster strikes, walk through your home and identify those appliances that are essential for you to function at the most basic level – one person’s luxury is another’s necessity, so calculate according to your personal needs. General wattage requirements include:
- A television requires about 300 watts
- A laptop requires about 250 watts
- A window air conditioner requires about 1,500 watts
- A ⅓ hp sump pump requires about 800 watts
- A refrigerator requires about 700 to 1,200 watts
- A freezer requires about 700 to 1,200 watts
- A washing machine requires about 1,200 watts
Multiply the total number of wattages you estimate that you’ll need to run your chosen appliances and multiply by 1.5 – because electrical appliances need the extra burst of wattage in order to get started. Let this number be your guide when you shop for your backup generator.
If a Natural Disaster Leaves Your Property Damaged, Consult with an Experienced Panama City Insurance Claims Attorney Today
The damage caused by a natural disaster is often immense, but the experienced insurance claims attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP – proudly serving the Panama City area – are on your side. Our dedicated legal team has the knowledge and skill necessary to aggressively advocate for your rights and for your rightful compensation. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 561-562-4170 today.