Power outages are common during extreme weather seasons. Typically power outages are inconvenient and don’t pose any major threats or problems. However, when a power outage lasts longer than a few hours it becomes more difficult to have life continue on as usual.
Natural disasters can strike at any time, and being prepared for the worst with a backup generator is the best way to keep the lights on during a power outage.
What’s an Emergency Generator?
An emergency generator, or backup generator, is a power source that will go on when the main power goes out. These backup generators are meant to be installed permanently into the electrical panel of your home. A generator of this type is powered by a fuel tank and will keep power to your home for several days.
How Does it Work?
A backup generator is wired to know when the main power goes off in your home. A transfer switch will detect the interruption in electric flow, and will switch power to the generator instead of the main power source.
In order for the generator to work when the switch flips, the fuel supply must be filled. Remember that fuel storage can be dangerous, so take care when storing flammable containers in, or near your home.
What Size Do I Need?
When purchasing a generator, it is important to choose the right size for your home. For standard appliances in your home like televisions, refrigerator, sump pump, lights, etc. a 3,000 – 4,000 watt generator would work.
Any home with additional appliances or heating and cooling systems will require a larger generator. It’s best to speak to a professional that can help make the right choice. There are also online guides you can use as well to assist during the planning process.
At McMahon Services, we are here to assist with repairs if your home experiences any damage after severe weather. We offer restoration services for all types of disasters – fire, flood, roofing, siding, and we’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us for more information and to schedule your restoration services today.