It can be a winter blizzard, a spring ice storm, or a summer thunderstorm, but the result in each situation can be a power outage in your Waterford, MI home. The impact of an outage can range from a major inconvenience to life-threatening, especially if someone in the home depends on medical equipment powered by electricity. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has the solution with backup generators.
This may be the first thing you think of when you hear the word generator. Typically, this is a unit on wheels. It’s available at pretty much any home improvement or hardware store. There is nothing inherently wrong with portable generators if you are aware of their limitations. They only provide enough power to keep a few key items powered up. Maybe a refrigerator, freezer, and perhaps a space heater. Virtually NO portable generator is capable of powering your HVAC systems to keep your home comfortable.
What we’re talking about here are whole-house generators. They represent a larger investment than a portable generator but have several advantages:
- An automotive-style engine (portable models have lawn-mower style engines)
- Larger models have liquid-cooled engines to handle extended run times
- Longer maintenance intervals
- Can power the entire home
- More fuel-efficient
Whole-house generators can be run on natural gas which means you never have to worry about running out of fuel. If you are in a rural area you can choose models that use propane or diesel fuel. All choices are more economical than using gasoline to power a portable generator.
Automatic transfer switches
This is commonly referred to as an ATS and is what really sets whole-house systems apart. The transfer switch continuously senses power from your utility company. When an outage occurs the ATS immediately starts the generator and sends electricity to your home’s electric panel. It all happens automatically, even if you’re not home when the power goes out. When the outage ends, the ATS reverses the procedure and things are back to normal. A quick warning: Whenever any type of generator is hard wired into your home, the work must be done by a qualified electrician. An improperly installed generator can be dangerous, not only for the people who live in the home, but for the workers who are trying to restore your electricity.
Peace of mind
You may not think you need a backup generator, but if the power does go out you will be very happy you have one. When our qualified Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing technicians install a whole-house model in your home, you won’t have to worry about going without power for extended periods of time.