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Why A Back Up Generator?

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Why Consider a Back-Up Generator?

We are right on the cusp of summer and all the fun that it has to offer. What also comes with summer are power outages through thunder storms. Power outages can be fun for the first few hours or so as you pull out the candles and light the grill in the backyard. However, they can quickly change from fun to frustrating and even to dangerous. A back-up generator can alleviate some of that frustration and danger.

Let’s look at some of the problems a generator could help you avoid:
 

Food

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that if your power has been out for longer than 2 hours that food with a temperature higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit should be thrown out. It also suggests packing perishable foods such as meat and dairy in coolers with ice in order to prevent this. However, if you are not home right away when the power goes out this may be impossible. An automatic backup generator, which turns itself on immediately when it senses the power loss will keep your refrigerator running, saving you food and money. In addition, if it is a city-wide black out this could be incredibly important as your local grocery store may have to throw away their perishable items as well. In addition, other kitchen appliances will remain running as well. You may make lots of new friends during a black out if you can feed ‘em!
 

Cooling
Other than natural disasters, a reason for power outages is excessive heat. Having a couple of days or more with hot temperatures causes more people to run their air conditioners and also increases the amount of time that they are running. This could overload the electrical system, resulting in a power outage during a heat wave. Having a power outage during a heat wave, means that you do not have an air conditioner and a way to cool yourself resulting in some serious health consequences such as heat stroke and/or death according to the CDC. An automatic generator will keep your air conditioner running. As mentioned, not only is this more comfortable for all involved, but it could save lives as well. Young children, those who are 65 and older and those who have chronic medical conditions are more likely to be affected by the heat according to the CDC.
 

Comfort
Extended or even short power outages can interrupt a daily schedule. If you work from home, they could cause you to be unable to perform and therefore lose income. An automatic standby generator will allow you to still use your computer, charge your cell phone, watch television, use the microwave and other electric kitchen appliances, keep your sump pump and well pumps running and keep the air conditioner and/or furnace running. In addition, this generator will work even if you are out of town. You won’t come home to a power-less home or ice cream melting all over your freezer.

If you have any questions or concerns about generators, please feel free to contact A.B. May!

 

Information from:

  • Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia: Heat Wave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/heat_wave)
  • CNN Tech "U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing" - Thom Patterson
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp) and (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/specificgroups.asp)
  • Honeywell Automatic Backup Generators Information Brochure
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