Home generators offer electrical back up

Home generators offer electrical back up

At one time or another, every homeowner has had to deal with the inconvenience of going without electricity due to a power outage from an accident or severe weather conditions. Whether it’s going without the use of your heater, air conditioner, refrigerator, lights or other electrical appliances, the result of a power outage can quickly halt the most common day-to-day activities.

That's why an increasing number of homeowners are purchasing electrical generators to power up electricity in their homes while waiting for service to be restored.

A generator has a combustion engine that runs on diesel fuel or unleaded gasoline and creates electrical power that you can use to power devices in your home.

In addition to the cost of the fuel consumed, the generator itself will cost between $400 and $3,000, depending on its maximum output. For the average home, a unit of 4,500 to 7,000 watts will be adequate and should cost no more than $1,000, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that households follow specific safety instructions when using portable generators. The generator must be positioned outdoors, away from doors and windows and any vents that bring air into the home. It emits carbon monoxide, which can cause death when inhaled in high quantities.

Protect the generator from wet conditions by placing it on a dry pedestal with a canopy over it. When refilling the generator with fuel, avoid starting a fire by turning it off and allowing it to cool down completely before pouring in the fuel.

The Red Cross also recommends that you use heavy duty extension cords rated for outdoor use and properly store gasoline for the generator by placing it outside of the house in containers, generally plastic, that have been approved for that use.

If you have any additional questions about the safe use or positioning of a generator, consult a professional Boston electrician for assistance.

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