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Viva’s Generator Genius Explains The Importance of Home Generators

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Your home shelters some of the most important parts of your life- your family, your belongings, your security, your peace of mind and ultimately, you. 

It makes sense that you would want to protect your home and everything (and everyone) inside of it. This is why we install security systems, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and lock our doors when we leave. But another layer of protection that you can add to your home is a generator. 

Paul Gillespie has been with Viva Electric since day one, and he’s one of our go-to guys for generator installation, generator maintenance and generator troubleshooting. He has been working with generators for over 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. When you are looking to protect your home with a generator, Paul is the one you can trust to get the job done. 

In his experience, Paul relays two main reasons why people are interested in a whole home generator. The first “is for frequent power outages which are common in the South Park area of Charlotte due to the growth the city has experienced and the power grid not being super reliable,” he says. The second reason why people are considering generators is for the home resale value. “They make a great selling point, especially if you have buyers who are looking for something that they don’t have to maintain or worry about not having heating or air conditioning when the power goes out.”

Although there are numerous reasons to install a whole home generator, there are also common misconceptions that keep people from making this investment. Through his 10 years of experience, Paul says the two most common misconceptions are that generators cannot run the entire house and that they are hard to maintain. However, this is not the case. 

“Most of the time we can figure out a way to use the electronics for the load controls on the generator to make one of our standard size generators run an entire house, even some of the larger houses. This is not as far out of the realm price wise because of the smart control capabilities on the generator,” he said. “The smart control turns off certain things in the house automatically which allows a smaller generator to have the capacity to run the entire house.”

Additionally, maintaining your generator is as simple as a phone call to the expert electricians as Viva Electric. Under the maintenance contracts, Viva Electric will come out once per year to check on your generator and make sure it’s running properly. Throughout the year you can be rest assured that your generator will be ready to go into action in a moment’s notice as it runs a 10 minute maintenance cycle once per week. 

“Generators give you an insurance policy, if you are out of town your house will always be secure. If you have a well or sump pump or anything dealing with moving water around, you’ll know that they won’t give out.”

As an added bonus, generators run off the natural gas supply so that you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. Generators also start and turn off automatically so you don’t have to go out in the storm—it’s always ready to go. 

“Around Charlotte we always have the threat of hurricanes and other storms through the summer and fall and ice storms in the winter. I think Charlotte and Mecklenburg homeowners actually need generators more than they realize.”

Viva Electric is a Generac Certified Dealer and is able to perform generator installations, generator maintenance and generator repair under warranty through Generac. If you are ready to secure your home with a whole home generator, call the team at Viva Electric today and ask for Paul. 

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