Power outages seem to be more common occurrences these days, especially during the many storms that continue to impact us. Texas has certainly been stricken with some of the worst ever power outages and challenges in our country recently. With power outages becoming so common, many people are looking to invest in generators to safeguard their homes and families in any number of weather challenges.
From winter storms to hurricanes, each can certainly wreak a great deal of havoc on the power supply in your home or business. Power outages, we can all agree, cause a great deal of challenges, struggles and frustrations. For starters, when the power actually goes out, our first thought is ‘when will it come back on?’ Depending entirely upon the source or cause of the power outage and the blackout, home and business owners can be without the use of power for hours, days, and sometimes even weeks. With this comes the many worries about staying cool or warm, protecting against spoiled foods in the refrigerator or freezer, or even being able to flush the toilet. With all this at stake, surely blackouts and loss of power are no fun at all.
There are a number of important tips and facts consumers should know about generators, including, but certainly not limited to the following:
- Proper ways to install and use your new investment – You should always locate your generator outdoors and never in a closed in space such as a garage. It should be protected with GFCI outlets and, if necessary, use extension cords that are properly rated. In addition, your unit should not be placed on a wet area or in the snow even though the outlets are GFCI protected, nor should they be placed near any window air conditioners. Consumers may also want to invest in carbon monoxide detectors in their home when purchasing
- What to consider when making your investment – Start by determining what your ultimate goals are, whether you want to be able to run the refrigerator and freezer in an outage, or run your entire home. If you invest in a standby generator, most of which are equipped with an automatic transfer switch, be sure to have it permanently installed by a certified electrician. When there is a power loss, it will turn on automatically. It is best to consult with an electrician in advance to check the load capacity in your house. An electrician will also determine the proper sized unit you will need, and handle the installation of your new unit.
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If you are looking for more information about generators, whether it be the type best suited to your home, the costs, benefits, installation protocol, or any other important details, you have surely come to the right place. Our Gervais Electric team of highly skilled and experienced electricians are steadfast in their commitment to provide only the highest quality products, services, and insight to everyone we work for. No matter what your electrical needs may be, we are the team for you.
Serving the Franklin area and many of the surrounding towns, our team strives to deliver products and services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors. Our high customer service and satisfaction ratings have earned us a spot on the marketplace charts as one of the best all-around companies. Gervais Electric has been billed as your go to company for all your electrical products and services, and is recognized for our top-rated team of professionals, our affordable yet competitive prices, and our accommodating timelines.
If you are in the market for a new generator and require additional information or a trusted installer, look no further than our dedicated team. We look forward to every opportunity to serve you and stand ready to meet your every need. Don’t delay. Reach out to one of our team members today!