What you Need to Know About Backup Power Generators

electricityWe’ve already seen a few serious thunderstorms over Maryland this spring, but that’s only a “teaser” of what’s to come during the summer. And the drastic temperature fluctuations we’ve been experiencing lately can create even more potential for severe thunderstorms.

So, where are we heading with this? Backup power generators, of course! Right now is a great time to install one to avoid having to endure long power outages, and Grove Heating and Cooling will be happy to help you with it.

Why do you need a backup power generator?

A backup power generator can partially or completely restore power supply to your home or commercial property, so that you can, among other things:

-    Take a shower, cook food or flush the toilet

-    Access Wi-Fi to work from home in inclement weather

-    Charge your phones to stay connected

-    Keep your home comfortably warm or cool and control humidity

-    Preserve the food in your refrigerator and freezers

-    Keep the sump pump running to prevent basement flooding

-    Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting in winter

Basically, Maryland backup generator installation will allow you to avoid any changes in your everyday routine or your business operations if we are talking about commercial properties.

Power outages are typically caused by disruptions in the power supply lines from fallen trees, lightning strikes, car accidents and other unfortunate events. Depending on the extent of the damages, it may take the repair crew days (and sometimes weeks) to bring the power back – can you wait this long?

Types of backup power generators

Portable generators

Portable generators give you a bonus of versatility, but are typically not powerful enough to power the entire house. You can only run a few appliances at a time, which may or may not meet your home’s energy needs. Besides, portable generators are fueled by gas – an expensive commodity in some places (not to mention you have to drive to a gas station to fill your generator up). Overall, portable generators are great for camping and short power outages, but can cause some inconvenience during a long-lasting blackout.

Standby generators

A standby generator is permanently installed outside your home and connected to your home’s electrical system – no need to hook it up every time the power goes out. Moreover, it automatically kicks in once an outage is detected and, depending on its capacity, can power your entire home. Standby generators are typically fueled by propane or natural gas, but can be also set up to accept sustainable energy from solar panels or wind turbines.

Which one should you choose?

Your choice of a backup generator will largely depend on your energy consumption habits and the level of comfort you want during a power outage. For example, while keeping the fridge and sump pump running during a power outage is necessary, you could probably do without TV, internet and your gaming console. When it comes to backup generator installation in Maryland, our Annapolis HVAC company can help you evaluate your energy needs and choose the right model.

Generally, we recommend installing standby generators if:

-    Power outages are frequent in your area and tend to last a while

-    You travel a lot leaving your home unattended for longer than a few days (and in the past you returned to spoiled food and flooded basement)

-    Having power in your home is detrimental to running your business or working remotely

-    You have outdoor facilities, such as a greenhouse or livestock that require continuous heating or irrigation.

At Grove Heating & Cooling, we carry powerful and reliable Kohler generators – this is the brand we trust and have seen perform well over the years. However, if you opt for a different kind of generator, we will still be happy to install it for you.

Maryland standby generator installation is relatively simple and involves setting a base to absorb vibrations and connecting the generator to your home’s power line and natural gas line. Simple as it is, there are many small things you have to take into account, such as the distance from the home, position of the gas line, ground protection in the event of short circuit or lightning, as well as a great deal of precise electrical work.

This is why we recommend hiring a professional installer to set the backup generator up for you. But don’t wait till you actually need one – generators sell out like hot pancakes before and during major storms, and installers are very busy. Call us today at (410) 721-5595 and we’ll make sure you are ready for any power outage.