There is no doubt we are living in very uncertain times. We are very lucky, however (at least those of us in Holly Springs, Raleigh, Garner, and nearby areas), that all of our utility services are functioning as they normally do. However, with that said, this is a good time to stop and reflect on what it would be like if there were an emergency situation that affected the power. Although they are rare, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes do occasionally affect us here in the Piedmont, often causing heavy storms that rip through trees and power lines. In these situations, a backup emergency generator can give you peace of mind and keep your family safe. Below is more information from our Holly Springs electrician.
How Does a Backup Generator Work?
A backup generator, also called a standby or emergency generator, is a generator that is permanently connected to your home’s electrical system. When there is a power outage, the generator senses it and automatically switches on. You and your family members can continue cooking, watching TV, charging your phones, and electrically heating your food just as you normally do, while you wait for local utility companies to restore the power.
What Fuel Does an Emergency Generator Use?
Most backup generators run on either natural gas or liquid propane (LP). Because these energy sources can generate carbon monoxide fumes, they are usually installed several feet away from the home, just like a central air conditioning unit. Most home improvement professionals will recommend choosing a unit that consumes propane, because storing enough gasoline to survive a multi-day outage is complicated and risky. First, you will have to buy several 5-gallon gas containers and find a safe place to store them. Then, you will have to add stabilizer and ideally replace the gas after several months to make sure it’s still fresh when you need it. It’s much easier to simply purchase and store liquid propane, which does not go bad and can be stored with far less risk.
How do I Install a Backup Generator in Holly Springs?
You don’t! Standby generators are not the same as small, portable generators that can be plugged into a wall outlet. Unlike smaller electrical repair jobs, backup generator installation requires a professional with a keen understanding of your electrical system, as well as years of training and experience in performing generator installations. If you would like to install a home generator in Cary, Holly Springs, Garner, Apex, or nearby areas, your first step will be contacting a local electrician. He or she will be able to help you determine the size and wattage you will need to power your home, among other things.
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We hope that this article has helped educate you about an option that can bring you a lot of peace of mind during an emergency situation. Although there is nothing “good” about the Coronavirus pandemic, at least it brings to light the possibility of other emergency situations in the future, and lets us prepare for them in good time.
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