We get our share of heavy storms in this area, and that can often mean losing power in your home for extended periods: hours, maybe even days. This can happen at any time, but rural parts of the region are especially vulnerable, since it can be some time before power companies get out to fix downed electrical lines.
The best way to keep your home’s electricity running is to install a generator on your property. It can be used in the event the power goes out to run vital appliances and ensure that you don’t need to leave your home in the event of a crisis. Now is a great time to have one installed, with warmer temperatures here and thunderstorms becoming increasingly common. The right service can help you select the proper unit.
Power Load Levels Are Important
The first and most important question when it comes to your generator is how much electrical voltage it is expected to generate. That includes unexpected surges in the power as well as all of the appliances you need to run using the generator.
An energy audit is the best way to get this information. The technician will check your home for all of the electrical appliances—from the refrigerator and television down to the smallest lamp—and mark the energy each one needs to consume per hour. This provides a blanket account of how powerful the new generator needs to be.
Ideally you can install a generator that handles every appliance in your home, but in the event that’s not possible, it gives you a handy list: allowing you to prioritize the things you need most in a crisis (such as the refrigerator) with things that can probably sit unplugged until regular power is restored.
Fuel Consumption Matters
Modern generators can rely on natural gas for fuel, though that might not be an option if you don’t have access to a civic gas line. Such generators require fuel such as diesel and have a fuel consumption rate, which you should note carefully. You always need to have enough fuel on hand to keep the generator running for several days. In most cases, this is long enough to let power be restored.
Placement Is Important
Regardless of whether your system uses natural gas or not, you need to place your generator carefully. If it needs to vent, the space should be set up for it; you’ll need to determine its connection to your power grid; and in any case, it should be somewhere on your property that you can reach easily in the event of inclement weather. Even generators that don’t require you to refuel them should be easy to access so you can check up on them while they’re running.
Once you answer these questions, the technician can help you select the generator best suited to your needs and then install it with confidence and pride.
For quality generator installation services in the Olathe, KS area, call on the pros at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling.