A Standby Generator in Hurricane Season Will Help You Survive, But Learn These Safety RulesHurricane season is an unpredictable and challenging time of the year. A standby generator eases your worry, and for those dependent on medical equipment for their health, it can prevent a medical emergency.

In many ways, a standby generator is safer than a portable generator, and when properly matched by your HVAC professional, it also keeps your home’s air conditioning functioning until power can be restored. The type of generator you choose will depend upon your home’s needs.

Portable generators can be convenient and easy to use, but they can also be dirty and dangerous. They require you to fuel them with propane or a liquid fuel such as diesel or kerosene. If yours runs out of fuel during a storm, you’ll have to put yourself in harm’s way to refuel it. It can be tempting to place a portable generator in a garage or other covered area during extreme weather, but this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly vented exhaust fumes.

A standby generator has a number of advantages over portables.

  • They can be supplied with fuel by your home’s standard natural gas or propane line.
  • They turn on automatically when power’s lost.
  • Unlike portables, a standby generator powers your entire home during a power outage.
  • They can be permanently installed outdoors alongside your HVAC unit.

There are important safety regulations to follow and precautions to take. Federal law demands the use of a double-throw type transfer switch to prevent electrocution to utility workers and damage to your generator. Working with your electrician and utility company, be sure to plan proper installation and venting of the generator. Additionally, do not attempt to manually operate it in wet conditions.

When choosing your system, it’s important to choose one that’s properly sized for your home and particularly for the air conditioning load that it will need to support.

The professionals at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning can help you to choose the proper standby generator for your needs. Contact us today for more information. We’ve been serving our community since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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