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. Continue reading “A Standby Generator Can Get You Through a Power Loss: Some Basics for Safe Operation”
There’s no way to predict exactly what area will be hit by a storm, so it’s a good idea to prepare your home and family in advance. Then you’ll be ready long before a named hurricane takes aim at your town. Continue reading “Be Ready if the Power Goes Out in Your Long Island Home”
You can do any number of things to help ensure the comfort of your home for yourself and your family — from properly maintaining your heat pump to installing a programmable thermostat. However, without power, these efforts are pointless. Hurricanes and winter storms are fairly common occurrences on Long Island, which is why many homeowners in the area are installing an automatic standby generator.
These generators offer many benefits for homeowners, particularly when power outages occur.
Benefits of an automatic standby generator
A severe storm near your home can easily knock out power for days at a time, as we know all too well. As a result, you might lose any food you have stored in your refrigerator, in addition to any medications that are affected by temperature extremes. Some home occupants rely on electrically powered medical equipment such as ventilators. The loss of power for these individuals is a serious issue. Even for those who have no serious health problems, having a standby generator is a great convenience when it comes to maintaining a comfortable home, particularly when temperatures are extreme.
Portable generators versus standby generators
Automatic standby generators offer many advantages over portable units. For instance, while portable units have to be refueled by hand with gasoline after a few hours of operation, automatic standby generators are commonly fueled by natural gas, and thus are directly connected to the home’s gas fuel line. This means the automatic standby generator is always ready to be used, and will automatically start up when it detects that the power has gone out. In addition, a large generator can produce enough power for your entire home, while a portable unit might only be able to power a few items.
Because it connects directly to your home’s utilities, you should employ a professional to install an automatic standby generator. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. With over 75 years of experience, we are proud to serve the people of Long Island, and our team of experienced professionals is more than happy to help you.
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Your family and your home are your two single most important assets, and being prepared for emergencies means more than just having a plan and an emergency kit. Continue reading “How To Choose A Standby Generator”