Saving You From The Electric Company…One Generator At A Time
Did you know that about 4 million Americans experience power outages lasting more than three days during an average year? It’s true, and those are just the ones that get reported to the Better Business Bureau. Get this: In 94% of those cases, they never make a formal complaint when people finally get their power back on. Don’t be surprised if you are one of them! The economy has affected us all, so we’re stuck waiting it out when we have a service outage — particularly one with no end in sight. Instead, you can run appliances right away… including your air conditioning unit, refrigerator, and pool pump if needed – everything that runs off gas or electricity. But with a portable generator for blackouts -- you can say goodbye to waiting it out.
How to use a generator to power your home and keep the lights on during an outage
When a power outage occurs, you can use a portable generator to keep the lights on and appliances running. But plugging in appliances is not as simple as running an extension cord to the nearest outlet. Generators need to be operated outdoors because they produce carbon monoxide. This colorless, odorless gas can quickly build up to unsafe levels in confined areas.
It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for operating your generator safely. Here are some general safety tips:
1) Do not use generators indoors or in garages, even with ventilation. Operate them outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
2) Use heavy-duty extension cords rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. If cords are not rated for outdoor use, do not use them outdoors.
3) Install transfer switches and circuit breakers to avoid potential electrical overloads. It will also help prevent electrocution hazards and reduce stress on the generator by operating only those circuits essential for your situation.
Cautions for using a generator around your home
Generators are an essential home appliance, especially during hurricane season. We’ve been without power after a storm a few times, and it’s always a hassle. Generators can help you through that tough time when you need to keep the refrigerator running or want some light to see by.
However, there are safety concerns that must be addressed before using one. Here are a few tips:
1) Never operate a generator indoors (or in a garage or shed) — they produce carbon monoxide. This odorless, colorless gas can cause illness or death in minutes.
2) Never plug your generator into any wall socket in your home. It could overload the circuit and cause a fire hazard for your neighbors on the same circuit line. The safest way to connect is with a heavy-duty extension cord from the generator directly to the appliance you want to run.
Tips for keeping the generator running smoothly
To make sure your generator is ready for use when you need it, you need to perform preventative maintenance and testing regularly.
1) Keep it Clean: Dirt is the main culprit for generator failure, so keep it clean. A dirty engine is less efficient and more prone to failure. Dirt can also cause rust which can cause all sorts of problems from air leaks to fuel leaks and everything in between.
2) Change the Oil: All engines need oil changes every day (generally speaking, every 50 hours of use or once a year). Changing the oil keeps everything running smooth and prevents dirt & sludge buildup that can cause premature engine failure.
3) Change the Air Filter: Just as with a car, a dirty air filter will reduce the performance and efficiency of your generator’s engine. The air filter also helps to keep dust out of your engine, which can cause issues with seals, valves, and other parts over time.
Conclusion: Some days, it seems like the only thing keeping you from being a total shut-in is that mean old electric company.
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