A Standby Generator Can Get You Through a Power Loss: Some Basics for Safe Operation

Now’s the time to ensure your family’s comfort during inevitable power outages associated with impending winter storms, and a standby generator can help. An automatic generator provides electricity within seconds of a power outage, as well as endless peace of mind through seasonal storms. With the proper safety precautions and operations, a generator can keep your family warm and cozy, no matter the weather conditions. 

Start With Installation

Proper installation is imperative to assure your safety when operating a standby generator. Hiring an HVAC professional who understands both local and national codes is a must. You also want a professional to ensure you’re going with a generator with enough capacity to handle your home’s power needs.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a very serious concern when it comes to any equipment that requires proper ventilation. Professional installation should help avoid common pitfalls, such as installing the generator in a confined space, but there’s still a risk when using a generator. Ensure that your home has a carbon monoxide detector installed for your family’s protection. Should anyone in the home experience headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea or confusion, leave the home immediately and contact 911.

Reduce Noise

A standby generator makes some noise, which is unavoidable. Be aware of this when you’re discussing installation with a professional. Your technician can help you determine a spot that not only works well for the generator but also reduces noise pollution for you and your neighbors.

For more information about installing a standby generator, contact T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We’ve proudly served Long Island homeowners since 1934.

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