With the recent news of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy and the earthquake in Canada, it is a reminder as to how vulnerable our electrical supply is.
Generators bring a sense of safety and security to a home or business during natural disasters as well as other situations. In your house, generator power can bring light during a summer storm, and heat if the power is lost during winter. If power is lost in your community for an extended period of time, a home generator can save you the expense of having to relocate, allowing you to continue your day-to-day life in comfort.
Generators are designed for homes, large or small, and to meet the needs of whole-house or partial backup power. Homeowners can choose to use a portable generator or a permanent standby generator. A generator always needs to be wired into your home electrical panel by a certified, licensed electrician. Your local inspector will check the installation to protect not only your safety, but also the lineman’s safety when they are working on the electrical lines during an outage. Improper wiring or installation is very dangerous and can even be fatal.
Proper placement of the generator is also of high importance. Generators of either kind should be 10 feet or further away from the house and have three or four feet of breathing room between it and surrounding objects on all sides.
Portable generators are typically gas powered, while permanent set generators are propane or natural gas powered. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home would not be a bad idea as a safety precaution either. This will detect poisonous air to protect you and your family.
As a business owner, you know exactly what’s at stake. A few hours without power and you’re cut off from your work, clients, and potential revenue. What about a couple of days without power? Now you’re talking serious profit loss and security risk; but it doesn’t have to be that way. An automatic transfer switch will turn the power on to your business within 10 seconds of utility failure. The generators will work in conjunction with uninterruptible backup battery supply to deliver constant electricity to servers, hard drives and data storage equipment.