It is no secret that you can experience a power shortage or outage. Unfortunately, this happens when you least expect it. The leading causes of power outages are heavy storms, snow, damaging winds and heavy rains. They can cause power lines around your home to become damaged or severed.
In case this happens, you should first contact your electrical service provider to inform them of your outage. If you need assistance with any electrical issues inside your home, be sure to seek the services of a licensed residential electrician in your area. The utility company has responsibilities outside your home but you are responsible for everything inside. Most people don't want to get involved with electrical stuff and likely wind up outsourcing any work or repairs.
Whatever the case, you should have an emergency or back-up plan in the event you lose power at your home. A backup generator is an ideal, cost effective solution that will give you peace of mind if the power goes out. Most residential backup generators can be had under $1000. That is a small price to pay for an investment that will give you peace of mind when that next storm hits.
Some good information about generators:
Generators have an automatic switch which enables them to sense the lack of utility power and will, within seconds, switch themselves on. In the same way, it will sense when the power comes back on and switch itself off. The size of the generator is determined by the size of your home or the size or, or commonly, the number of appliances you need to connect to it.
1. It shuts off automatically - A good backup generator should be one which cuts off the power when electricity is back and switches itself on when the electric power is not available. These automatic starts reduce the chances of current flowing into the generator and damaging it.
2. Cooling requirements - Smaller backup generators use an air cooling system, and the larger generators use a liquid cooling system. The larger the generator, the more area it can supply with power.
3. Fuel supply and Power requirements - There are various forms of fuels which can run a generator, including natural gas, liquid propane or diesel
4. The generator capacity - This is the amount of power it can produce to run the electrical appliances. Small generators supply power to only limited sections while big standby generators can run literally anything that was running before on electricity.
5. The maintenance schedule - If you have a backup generator, you should also know that these machine requires regular checkups to ensure everything is working properly, otherwise, there will come a time when the electricity goes off, and the generator fails to start.
6. Installation process - Generators are noisy and sometimes may be tricky to install, in the city. Also, local regulations require that a generator be installed 5 feet from an opening and 5 feet from flammable materials. These conditions make it difficult to have a generator in a highly-populated area like downtown Albany and are more likely to be used in a rural setting like in Voorheesville, Rotterdam, Wynantskill or other areas around the Capital District.
Here is an example of a great home generator from Generac.