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
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
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.