Power outages are a fairly common occurrence in Glenview, Illinois.
The inclement weather brings high winds, freezing rain, excessive humidity, feet of snow, torrential downpours and every imaginable climate concern.
A disruption in power leaves us without running water, lights, refrigeration, sump pump, dehumidifier, furnace and air conditioner. We can’t take a shower, flush the toilets, watch television, use the internet or adjust the indoor temperature. In the spring, when there’s thunderstorms and snowmelt, the basement can potentially flood because we can’t run the sump pump. In the summer, when the temperature soars into the eighties and we’re left without air conditioning, the house becomes so hot and sticky that it’s impossible to sleep. There’s concerns over mold and mildew growth. The worst problem is the sub zero temperature of winter. If we can’t run the furnace, we can’t remain in the house very long. There’s the potential for water pipes to freeze and burst. Being without power for a few hours is aggravating. Losing power for several days is expensive and dangerous. I finally invested in a standby generator. The generator is permanently installed outside of the house, senses any interruption in power and automatically takes over. It runs on natural gas so it operates as long as necessary with no need for refueling. The generator is powerful enough to supply electricity to all of our essential systems, electronics and appliances. We’re able to go on with our regular lives when there is a power outage. We avoid costly damage to the home, discomfort, safety risks and inconvenience. Although the generator was rather expensive, it was definitely a worthwhile investment.