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Cold Weather Kits for Generators

Cold Weather Kits for Generators Home Generators for the Winter Does your generator run sluggish on cold mornings? Does it take a long time to start up? Does the red light come on causing you to reset it often? If you said yes to any of these questions, you need a Cold Weather Kit. The Cold Weather Kit is a heater unit that is placed under the battery and on the oil filter which heats the oil, engine block and battery in weather under 30 degrees. The main purpose of the cold weather kit is to keep your generator running in
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The Importance of Having a Generator for Your Business

The Importance of Having a Generator for Your Business Commercial Generators When you own and operate your own business, you have to be responsible for everything that happens. One thing that is important to have when running a business is having a backup generator. If for any reason that your power goes out during business hours, your business operations will be impaired until it’s restored and that may take up a lot of time. Reasons to Have a Generator for your Business: A backup generator can help avoid business interruptions and let continue business as usual until the power is
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Why You Should Buy a Portable Generator

Why You Should Buy a Portable Generator A portable generator is a backup power supply for people to use in the event of an emergency power outage. The portable generator can also be used for recreational purposes, you can easily take it to wherever you need it and plug the appliances which you can power with it. A portable generator can come in handy for multiple reasons and even be a lifesaver.  Here are some reasons you might want a generator: In the case of a power outage at your home, with a portable generator, you will be able to power
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Surviving Winter Power Outages in NH

We’ve had a good run, New Hampshire, but sadly Winter has finally decided to descend upon us! With snow and ice arriving to cause damage to trees and powerlines, it’s only a matter of time before the first winter power outages arrive to test us. Here are some good tips on how to survive a power outage during cold weather: Be Prepared! Have flashlights and other battery-powered lights in stock, along with a supply of the appropriate batteries, just in case of winter power outages. Avoid using lighted candles, as these can represent a fire hazard, especially in the dry
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Maintaining your Automatic Generator

Your home backup automatic generator is important to you, we know! You’ve invested your hard earned money to have a system installed that you can rely on, so it’s also important to maintain your home backup automatic generator. Here are some great tips on your you can maintain your automatic generator: Just like a car, lawn mower, boat, or anything else with a running motor, it’s important to consider that your automatic generator also needs scheduled changes of air filters, oil filters, and spark plugs. Usually this isn’t incredibly often (for most automatic generators it’s 12-24 months). You may want
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Power Generators Part 5: General Tips

You know you’re buying a power generator, and you’ve read all of the previous blog posts, like Power Generators Part 4, so you know exactly what to look for. Owning a generator can be a great resource to use when the power goes out. Here are some tips: • As stated before, make sure you run your generator ONLY outside. Generators (and other items that produce exhaust), much like a car, produced carbon monoxide, which is both undetectable via sight or smell. Carbon monoxide can suffocate and kill a living being in minutes. If you’re operating your generator outside, make
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Power Generators Part 4: Starting Watts vs Running Watts, and more

After Power Generators Part 3, you should now have a general idea about what kind of generator you want, and how many items you would like to power. Now it’s time to talk about something else: Starting watts and running watts. Running watts are the continual amount of watts needed to run appliances. Starting watts are an additional amount of electricity that may be required to start motor-driven appliances. So what does this mean? Things like refrigerators that contain motors may need additional watts to begin running, much like carburetors in older cars needed additional fuel to turn over the engine. These are things that
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Power Generators Part 3: Wattage

So you know what kind of generator you want after reviewing Power Generators Part 2; now you have to figure out which generator will serve your needs. Your first option is you can always ask an electrician such as us at Cote Electric LLC what he or she thinks would fit you best. You will have to figure out what wattage you would like the power generator to produce. There are all kinds of makes and models that produce a variety of outputs. Let’s look at some common ones: 7,500 watts or more Generally you will want a 7,500 watt
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Power Generators Part 2: What Kind of Generator Should I Buy?

So once you’ve decided you want to get a power generator using part 1, there are a few things you want to consider. The first is what kind of power generator you would like. There are commonly portable generators, which come on wheels and can generate a limited amount of power usually to power essential items. The second common kind is a standby generator, which is directly tied into your electricity by a licensed electrician such as Cote Electric LLC’s professional electricians, and switches over to the generator as soon as you lose power. Standby generators are typically powerful enough to power your
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Power Generators Part 1: An Overview of Power Generators

Are you thinking about getting a power generator? Especially in New England, we are prone to heavy storms that can knock out power for individuals for days or even weeks. Anyone remember the ice storm of 2008? Many residents were without power for close to a month. Your best fight against this is proper preparation for winter storms. But why think about that now? Why not wait until the storm comes? Well, it’s kind of like when you go to buy an air conditioner on the hottest day of the heat wave – suddenly you notice that no one has air
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