Home backup systems offer increased efficiency, improved security and can help save your electronics
There’s very little that’s scarier than the thought of losing power to your home for an extended period. You want your home to offer security and comfort, and that’s hard to do when all the electronics in your house are offline due to a storm or other grid failure. Thankfully, backup power systems from Stereo Types can give homeowners in the Richmond, VA area the peace of mind to ride out the next power outage with ease. There are other benefits to installing a backup power system as well, and we’ll walk you through them in this blog.
One particularly attractive option when it comes to backup power systems for your home is solar power. Solar backup systems work by using batteries to store energy generated by panels on the roof of your house. When the normal power grid fails, the batteries kick in to keep your lights, heating and air conditioning, and electronics online.
Because solar panels work continuously as long as the sun is shining, they present a great opportunity for energy savings. The energy generated by solar panels can supplement or even fully replace the power you’re drawing from your local grid. This reduction in energy consumption can considerably lower your bills. You may see additional savings if your local utility has a system in place for you to send any excess power you’re generating back to the grid.
Solar backups systems also have the advantage of not relying on external generator hook-ups and fuel sources like diesel or propane. This means that even days after a power outage your solar panels will continue to produce electricity even as your neighbors’ backup generators begin to run out of fuel.
SAFETY AMID THE STORM
A major power outage is more than an inconvenience; going for a long time without power can lead to food going bad, stifling heat or frigid temperatures, and an increased risk of theft or other crimes, especially if you must leave the house. Backup power systems, particularly solar ones, can alleviate many of these potential concerns.
A dependable supply of energy means your food won’t spoil, you’ll be at a pleasant temperature in your home, your pipes won’t freeze, and vital medical equipment and other appliances can keep running. You’ll also be more comfortable as you wait for repairs, as your emergency power supply can keep your TVs, computers and cellphone chargers working, along with any other home automation systems you may have. As a bonus, you’ll save money by eliminating the need for a costly hotel stay in the wake of a disaster.
BEWARE THE SURGE
One final point to consider when it comes to backup power systems is the potential damage to your electronic appliances when an outage occurs. There are two areas of concern: The initial damage from the outage itself, and the sudden surge of electricity when the grid comes back online. Because backup power systems kick in as soon as the regular grid fails, you have time to disconnect important appliances properly, preventing possible damage from abrupt stops. Likewise, these systems act as surge protectors, minimizing the risk from sudden voltage spikes when the power returns.
With hurricane season still going strong, there are plenty of reasons to consider installing a backup power system in your home. If you want to know about what Stereo Types can do for homeowners in the Richmond, VA region, give us a call at (804) 217-8970 or visit us online.