We all remember the recent storms that knocked out power to thousands of customers in the Baltimore area. Being without electricity can be downright miserable. Besides not having basics needs such as a working microwave or electric stove, houses heat up very quickly with no air conditioning during the summer. A house without power can also be dangerous to those who depend on electricity for health when vital medication needs to be refrigerated, or if someone is on oxygen. Besides protecting investments in your home, generators can be lifesavers when the power goes out.
How do Generators Work?
Generators create electricity by producing Alternating Current, or AC, voltage. The machine creates this voltage by burning fuel such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas or propane. Keeping a generator on-hand backs up your home in case of an outage, but how do you know which one is right for you?
Choosing a Generator
First, decide what you absolutely need to power should the electricity go out. Do you just want to keep the refrigerator running to protect your food supply, or would you rather have a generator that backs up the entire house’s electricity? The amount of power a generator can produce is all based on its wattage; the higher the wattage, the more power.
After determining your needs, begin doing some comparison shopping. Milton Electric recommends the Generac series, which offers a wide range of generators. The Guardian series ranges from less powerful stand-by generators that power one or two appliances, to generators that can restore power to restaurants and retail centers. Another great option for generators is the Kohler residential series. Kohler’s units offer a wide range of power capabilities depending on your needs. Both of these lines of generators offer remote monitoring so you can check on your generator’s status while away from home.
Portable generators can be used anywhere a power source is needed, from camping and tailgating to just sitting in the garage in case of a power outage. These generators are convenient because they can be used anywhere, anytime. Portable generators generally run on unleaded gasoline that must be refilled every few hours during use.
Stationary stand-by generators are always on-hand in case the power goes out. These units are permanently mounted outside a home, like a central air conditioner, and are fueled by natural gas or propane. Options range from units that will power only the necessities, such as a refrigerator, to larger stand-by generators that can provide whole-house protection.
Make the Right Choice
Purchasing the right generator for your home brings peace of mind and ensures your life won’t be completely disrupted during the next thunderstorm or in winter weather. When choosing your generator, keep in mind the appliances you would want to power, your budget and whether you want a portable or permanently standing generator. With a little research, you can be fully prepared for Baltimore’s next big storm.
Milton Electric offers the latest in Generac and Kohler generators and will help you select the perfect generator so you’re ready for the next storm. Milton Electric can be reached at 410-276-3420.