Power Up When the Power’s Out With a Generator
Everybody knows someone with a home generator. How many times has the power gone out in your neighborhood and someone tells you of a neighbor that is cranking up his generator? Either that or you hear generator engines running throughout the area during a power outage.
What a convenience it must be for the lucky owners of these magical machines to be running their appliances with their lights on while you’re trying to read a book by candlelight! To have their refrigerator and freezer humming along as you’re frantically searching for any store that may have some ice left to keep your food chilled!
Yes, home generators make life much more convenient and comfortable when the power goes out, but there are some guidelines to follow when it comes to the operation and safety of these machines.
Your Basic Home Generator
Most generators will run on regular gasoline, propane, or diesel. The amount of power that a generator can supply depends on wattage (the more wattage that a generator produces, the more “juice” to your electrical devices and appliances). A generator in the 15,000-17,000 watt range can provide power to most of your household.
Of course you’re looking at a wide range of price tags depending on the size of generator you need; a decent generator that is powerful enough to keep most of your home powered up will run at least a few thousand dollars.
Try to keep your generator under some kind of cover (but not inside of a closed building!) to keep it as dry as possible under adverse weather conditions. If your generator does experience mechanical difficulties, usually the more reputable lawn mower repair shops or similar equipment repair outfits will offer generator maintenance and generator repair.
The Hook Up
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