We’re all accustomed to summer thunderstorms in New York, and as reliable as our civic electrical grids can be, Mother Nature always has the final word. The same holds true in the winter, when powerful blizzards can knock out the power for days at a time. No one likes to think about the possibilities of an emergency like that, but prudent homeowners have to prepare for it. A whole-house generator makes an excellent way to maintain vital appliances in the event of an emergency, ensure that your family stays safe and comfortable until civic power is restored.
Preparation Is Key
Installing and maintaining a generator is trickier than it sounds. You need to prepare properly and allow a trained technician to perform the installation after making careful calculations. That way, you don’t need to worry when the time comes to use it and can simply enjoy the benefits.
It starts with an energy audit performed on your home: detailing all of the electrical appliances on the property and the amount of energy they use. The generator will need to handle everything connected to it, along with any unanticipated electrical surges that may occur, which is why it’s so important to know how much power your home requires. Ideally, you can purchase a generator with enough power to run all of your appliances. If that isn’t possible due to space or budgetary restraints, the audit lets you prioritize your appliances and separate the things you absolutely need (such as a refrigerator and heating system) from the things you can probably leave unplugged until the crisis passes (such as video games). That way, you know exactly what your new generator needs before you make a purchase.
Placement Is Key
Once you’ve decided on the power levels for your new generator, the next step is to determine the placement. This may depend in part of the fuel source involved. Many generators run on natural gas, which means they will need to be connected to gas lines in your home. Others use diesel or similar fuel sources, which usually means they need to be properly vented (and that the homeowner should have enough fuel for several days on hand at all times). In both cases, they’ll need to be linked to your home’s power grid in some fashion, and they should always be easily accessible by your family in a time of crisis. All of that means you need to select the placement of the generator with great care, and ensure that all of its connections are in place.
Keep It Maintained
Once the generator is in place, you still need to keep it maintained and ensure that it’s ready to go on a moment’s notice. Regular maintenance can keep it running smoothly and catch any problems while you still have time to address them. That means there won’t be any nasty surprises when the power goes out and you need it to perform.
For generator installation and maintenance in New City, NY, call EB Design Air, Inc.