The 2016 hurricane season began on June 1 and will end on November 30. We all know the season really starts ramping up the later we get into the summer, so it’s time to take stock of your emergency preparedness efforts if you haven’t already.
There are several ways to prepare for hurricane season, but one of the most important elements of all is a home generator. These systems are automatic meaning that even if the power goes out in your neighborhood, you’ll be taken care of.
The Benefits of Home Generators
Despite their power and size, home generators are remarkably easy to operate and maintain. Should a hurricane or large storm knock out your power source, your generator will get things running again automatically.
To understand the benefits of generators, take a moment to consider how many critical appliances and devices run on electricity in your home.
No power means no A/C, no heat, no landlines, no radio, no television, no WI-FI, and certainly no charging of your cell phones to communicate with others.
A generator does more than keep you comfortable during a storm; it safeguards you and your family when you need protection the most. In case of an emergency, you can follow weather reports, call for help, and stay in contact with your loved ones.
Don’t forget, your home generator will also keep major appliances running. That means you’ll be able to use your stove, oven, laundry machines, and refrigerator without worry.
Portable vs. Permanent Generators
Now that you understand the importance of generators, it’s time to determine the right kind for you.
Most generators can be divided into two categories: portable and permanent.
Just as it sounds, a portable generator can be moved from place to place. These generators work well for shorter periods of use. They run off gasoline or battery and require carefully selected extension cords to connect from appliances to the generator.
You may also use a manual transfer switch on your main circuit panel or have one put in for you.
If you decide to go the portable generator route, keep the following safety guidelines in mind:
- Always run a portable generator outside (not indoors or in your garage)
- Never use old gasoline to fuel your generator
- Allow the generator to cool before refueling (for at least 2 minutes)
- Use less wattage than the output rating of your generator (in other words, avoid overloading it)
Permanent generators work automatically or can be turned on by a switch. They can run every major appliance in your home and should be properly installed outside your house by experienced technicians.
Though more expensive, permanent generators make it easy for homeowners to maintain a sense of normalcy and comfort during an emergency. There’s no scouting out for gasoline to keep it running, and you won’t wake up the neighborhood when it kicks on.
To operate your permanent generator safely, remember these rules:
- When selecting the space for your generator, make sure the exhaust can vent safely.
- Never exceed the total electric load on your generator
- Keep any cords out of high traffic areas
At Three Rivers Services, we are proud to install home generators for our friends and neighbors in South Louisiana.
Make your family’s comfort and safety a priority by giving us a call at (985) 892-7071. We’ll help you find the ideal generator for your home and budget.