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Last week’s violent storms reminded us all that our electrical grid is vulnerable to disruptions by lightning strikes, downed trees and other causes. Over 33,000 residences were without power in the Knoxville Utility Board service area in the storms’ aftermath. Most homes served by KUB saw power restored within 36 hours after the storms passed. But homes in some other utility areas were without power days later.

More than just reminding you how much you miss the comfort and convenience of air regulated by your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, power outages can cause expensive problems if they last more than 48 hours. Long-duration power outages can even cause life-threatening conditions. And those are good reasons to consider installing a standby automatic generator. Consider this:

If you keep a well-stocked freezer, without power, the food in it will spoil within a day or two (depending on various factors), which will be quite costly to you. An automatic generator will keep your home’s alarm system functioning during utility outages, meaning your home and your family stay protected in the event of a blackout.

Although most critical medical equipment, such as ventilators, breathing monitors, in-home dialysis cyclers, etc., come with battery backups, a standby generator will ensure these devices continue to perform their life-saving functions if electrical power is lost for long periods of time.

Unless you are completely comfortable working with electricity and electrical systems and know the requirements regarding ventilation and other concerns with portable generators, using one can be a perilous proposition. Having an automatic standby generator installed by a professional removes the danger of your having to dealing with unfamiliar equipment in a high-stress situation.

And because standby generators turn on automatically when power is disrupted and shut down again when power returns and because they run on your home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, you don’t have worry about turning it on or refueling it with expensive gasoline.

All of which means, with an automatic standby generator, you have peace of mind knowing that your family, your home and your possessions are taken care of. If you are interested in whether an automatic standby generator makes sense for your home, Pioneer Heating and Air is here to help. If you have questions about the right size and type of generator for your home, we can help provide the answers. You can have a qualified Pioneer technician come to your home and conduct a free in-home assessment of your power requirements during a utility outage. To schedule a visit, give us a call today at 865-922-2817, or visit for more information about our home generator services.

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