With with haunting images of devastation and destruction of Hurricane Harvey still fresh in the minds of everyone, South Floridians are bracing for Irma. One of the biggest concerns for Miami homeowners is the loss of power. Just one category 1 hurricane can cause significant damage and even result in the loss of electrical power for days or even weeks. Because many people and businesses throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties depend on electricity, it is vital to have a constant source of power. The best solution is to purchase a generator. But which generator is best for you? Here are some suggestions.
Types of Hurricane Generators
Not all power generators are the same. Depending on your electrical needs, it is important to choose the right unit. Because power generators are in short supply after a hurricane, it is vital for the homeowner to plan ahead well before a storm. The three most common types of hurricane generators by Miami homeowners are recreational, portable and standby.
Recreational generators are the smallest and least expensive option. Most are used for camping and tailgate parties. When used properly, they can also be an effective short-term power outage situation. However, they may not be the best option for post hurricane disaster. For the best results, recreational generators can be used to power refrigerators and table fans.
Portable generators are arguably the best long-term power solutions for Miami homeowners after a hurricane. Unlike recreational generators, these units have the capability to provide steady power to multiple rooms. They are also more affordable than home standby generators. However, there is one major drawback. Because most central air conditioning units are hard wired, portable generators cannot be connected without help from a licensed electrician. Portable generators also come in a variety of sizes and are easy to install. If you cannot afford a large unit, smaller portable generators are readily available at most hardware stores and can be plugged into a window air conditioner.
Home Standby Generators
Home standby generators are the most powerful units available to the general public. Large units have the ability to power an entire central air conditioning unit for a significant amount of time. A 14-kilowatt standby generator can easily power a 4-ton central air conditioning unit. The most powerful home standby units are 17-kilowatt and have the capability of powering a 5-ton central air conditioner.
Has Your Hurricane or Wind Storm Insurance Claim Been Underpaid or Denied?
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has already produced two of the most devastating storms of the decade–Harvey and Irma. While most South Florida homeowners are insured, there is no guarantee their insurance company will provide the proper settlement needed to account for damages and repair. Over the years, Miami insurance claims lawyer Jonathan Korin has represented many residential and commercial property owners. He utilizes an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help resolve disputes with insurance to help each client receive the compensation they deserve. To learn more, contact the legal team at Korin Law, P.A. and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.