Portable GeneratorsAre 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 conditioners. Everyone is sold out! Everyone is looking for them. A little preparation now can save you a lot of hassle, time, and money in the cold months to come.

So let’s think about what a power generator does. A power generator creates either power for the entire house or a limited number of devices (essential circuits). Power generators can be fueled by various fuel sources. Portable generators are almost always exclusively run on gasoline. Standby generators are fueled by natural gas, propane or diesel. A power generator is used when you lose power usually to keep items running of importance (and sometimes to keep our sanity if you’re really a tech lover!). Most people will keep refrigerators plugged in, maybe a microwave or stove (if electric) for extended power outages, and maybe a few other important items like cell phones or rechargeable flashlights.

Who should have a generator? You should definitely be prepared with a generator if your heat is provided by anything other than wood burning, a wood pellet stove, or anything that is powered by electricity. Often times power will go out during the coldest days, leaving us to pile on blankets for comfort, but having us worry about other things such as our plumbing. If you have electric heat, or even an oil furnace, you should definitely consider purchasing a power generator. What about oil furnaces? Well, they, too, need electricity to spin the fan to push the hot air through your home. They also need electricity to spark the pilot light that burns the oil to generate the heat. Sometimes we forget just how many of our items use electricity, until we don’t have the electricity to use!

Coming up next in our informational series: What kind of generator should I buy?