A generator makes a great addition to your home in the event of an emergency. Mother Nature can get quite fierce in our Ramsey, NJ winters and a whole-house generator stands as a line of defense for those times when the civic electrical grid just can’t stand up to it. It’s important to treat the installation of a new generator with care, and to plan for maintenance for it on a regular basis. There’s little time to respond when an emergency hits, and the better you can prepare, the more reliable your generator will perform.
Selecting a Generator
Generator selection should be conducted with your service professional, who can help you determine the specifics your home will need. It starts with an energy audit detailing all of the electrical appliances in the house, and the exact amount of energy they require. you can then prioritize that list to place the important appliances (such as medical equipment or the refrigerator) from those that don’t need to be run in a crisis (such as a video game console). Ideally, your generator will be powerful enough to support your whole household, but if you can only afford a smaller one, these numbers will become vital.
Fuel can be a concern too. Some generators run on natural gas, but others use diesel or similar fuel. You should not the fuel consumption rate for those models and make sure you always have enough fuel to last for several days during a crisis.
Placement of the new generator is something you should discuss with your service representative as well. If it runs on natural gas, it will need access to a gas line in your home, as well as your household power grid. Proper venting is important too, and you need to make sure the generator is placed somewhere you can reach easily in the event of inclement weather. Keep a flashlight handy to reach it safely in case of trouble.
Maintaining a Generator
A generator shouldn’t just sit idly once it’s installed. Doing so can mean a nasty surprise when the time comes to use it. Have it inspected at least once a year, ideally in the fall before the winter storms arise, and periodically run it for 15-20 minutes to make sure it’s working as it should. You can also perform little troubleshooting steps yourself. Change the oil regularly (after 75 hours of running if possible) and replace the spark plugs every year. Keep it clear of dust and dirt by cleaning it with a soft cloth, and make sure it’s kept out of the elements when it’s not in use.
A generator is an investment in your home and with the right treatment is can serve you well for many years. But you should treat it like your plumbing and electrical system: an integral part of your home that needs regular care. That way you’ll always be able to depend on it when trouble strikes.
Talk to the professionals at Design Air Inc. today for generator installation and servicing!