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Power Outage Preparedness has Become Top Priority for Homeowners

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 02, 2018
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Massachusetts suffered from back-to-back Nor'easters. As a result, more homeowners are interested in power generators. Here are some tips to keep family and neighbors safe during severe winter weather power outages.

Portable Generators:

A portable generator can be a good option for those who are looking to power the most critical home items. They are simple to buy, easy to run and can power most essential lights or appliances via extension cords. Portable generators must be placed outside, far away from windows and doors and in a dry place. Generac has sent additional inventory to areas in the path of Winter Storm Quinn. These units can be purchased at dealer and home improvement centers.

Manual Transfer Switches:

A manual transfer switch can be used in combination with a portable generator to allow people to backup more items in their homes -- even hard-wired appliances like a furnace or well pump -- by delivering emergency power through the home's electrical system. There's no need to run extension cords from the generator to the lights and appliances. It is wired directly to the home's electrical panel and can power circuits of the homeowner's choosing. A manual transfer switch is the only safe way to deliver power from a portable generator to the home's electrical system, and while you will not likely be able to have one installed before Quinn, you can work with an authorized Generac dealer to buy a manual transfer switch and have it installed for future outages. Homeowners should not attempt to install one themselves.

Home Standby Generator:

While it's not possible to install a standby home generator ahead of this storm, there are certain to be future power outages. A home standby generator is a permanently installed solution and is connected to the home's existing natural gas or propane line. It sits outside the home, much like an air conditioning unit. These generators can restore power to the home -- units are even available that can back up the entire home -- within seconds of an outage. One of the more than 5,000 Generac dealers across the U.S. can perform a free in-home consultation for those interested in finding the right fit for their needs. During the consultation, the dealer can provide the correct size and cost for the homeowner and explain installation prices.

Just because the storm ends doesn't mean the threat does. The failing U.S. infrastructure makes access to power vulnerable in severe weather. Homeowners can take control and power their own home with the help of a Generac generator. Learn more at South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

Prepare Your Home for Winter – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 12, 2016

Many homeowners overlook one of the most important things to prepare for when the winter season rolls around—snow storms. Experts believe homeowners are unprepared for winter storms, putting their families and their home in danger. Make sure you take the following into consideration and ensure your home is both warm and safe.

Major Dangers Associated with Winter Storms

Homeowners can face major dangers when winter weather rolls around, including damage from the weight of ice, snow and sleet. In the cases of major snowstorms, families can even be trapped in their homes due to blocked or frozen entryways. Cracked or burst water pipes connected to anything from steam and hot water heating, or a fire-protection system, can be extremely costly. Even after the storm, melting snow can cause major flooding.

Tips to Winterize and Protect Your Home

Though the list of winter weather dangers runs long, there are 10 easy steps that can ease or prevent these issues, all while creating a safer home environment during emergencies.

  1. Install weather stripping.
  2. Have your furnace/heating system serviced at the beginning of each season to ensure it runs properly, and have the filters changed.
  3. Move furniture away from vents.
  4. Add rock salt and sand to emergency kits to help melt ice on walkways.
  5. Install roof-heating cables to prevent ice dams on roofs and gutters.
  6. Insulate pipes.
  7. Place a cover over attic stairs.
  8. Insulate outlets with gasket covers.
  9. Invest in an automatic home standby generator, such as those from Generac, that automatically provide power for heat and electricity when there is a power outage. They turn on as soon as the power goes out and stay on until utility power is restored.
  10. If you have extra money in your budget, go for attic insulation, which can save as much as 30 percent on heating costs.

Basic winterizing for a home can be done for less than $200, but by investing in installations like attic insulation and a Generac home standby generator, you get the best level of protection from winter storms. For more information contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

A Mobile Link App to Monitor Your Home Standby Generator – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Generac Power Systems has a mobile app for the popular Mobile Link cellular remote monitoring system. The apps make it easier than ever for consumers to monitor their home standby generators using their mobile device.

Actually, 86 percent of smartphone owners use their smartphone for ‘just-in-time’ information, like getting current traffic information or seeking help in an emergency. Mobile Link and the app are designed for these people. They want to know right away when their generator is running or when it needs maintenance. The Mobile Link app makes that information easier than ever for customers to get.

The Mobile Link app is currently available for both iOS® and Android™ devices, and it’s free and downloadable on the iTunes™ App Store, Google Play™ and the Amazon Appstore.

Introduced in 2013, Mobile Link lets home standby generator owners view their generator’s status and maintenance needs, set the unit’s exercise schedule, review its running and maintenance history, and receive push notifications to indicate status changes. In June 2014, new functionality was introduced that lets owners arrange to send notifications to their local dealer. This makes maintenance easier, since dealers can spot any issues in advance and can ensure the generator is operating smoothly, no matter the homeowner’s location.

The Mobile Link device attaches in minutes to the outside of the Generac automatic backup generator enclosure and connects to the generator’s controller. Mobile Link sends data via cellular network because it is easier to configure and more reliable than the Ethernet and telephone connections used by many competitive monitoring solutions.

The Mobile Link device has an MSRP of only $279. The first year of cellular data is included with the purchase, after which homeowners can renew for $99 per year for a subscription, or at a discounted rate of $249 for a three-year subscription, less than many other competitive solutions.

Mobile Link is compatible with most Generac, Honeywell, Centurion, Siemens, and Eaton brand standby generators up to 20 kW manufactured from 2008, and 22 to 60 kW standby generators manufactured from 2010.

For more information contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.


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